Jan. 9, 2012: Sunrise, FL, USA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts (41) and Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson (44) both skate behind the net during the third period at the BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks Talking Trade?


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With the draft only days away the trade rumors are in full swing and many of these rumors have revolved around the Florida Panthers and their #1 overall selection in the draft. Its already been reported that the Toronto Maple leafs have made an offer to move up in the draft, and now it appears that the Vancouver Canucks can be added to the list of teams who are interested.

According to Elliotte Friedman:

“One team that has definitely made an offer? Vancouver. I believe it included their first pick in this draft (which is sixth overall) and Hunter Shinkaruk, who was taken 24th in 2013. There was at least one other piece, probably off the main roster, but I can’t pin it down. It’s not Ryan Kesler, who won’t go there.”

The roster player that hasn’t been figured out by Friedman has been rumored to be 24 year old D-man, Chris Tanev. Tanev seems to be a solid top 4 defenceman on the rise but he is currently a restricted free agent. On the other hand, if you haven’t heard of Hunter Shinkaruk its probably because he didn’t play in the NHL last year but that will soon change as he is a highly skilled prospect. Shinkaruk was drafted 24th overall by the Canucks in last years draft and during his time playing for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL he was a prolific point producer. Here are some of his highlights.

My Take: While Tanev and Shinkaruk seem to have bright futures ahead of them, I still don’t think this offer is enough for a trade to be agreed upon. To be honest, in order for us to trade the #1 pick, the trade has to help us now and this rumored trade offer does not. Tanev has yet to put up any more than 17 points during an NHL season and Shinkaruk is unproven at the NHL level. Its in our best interest to stand pat and take Aaron Ekblad who I believe will end up being better than Chris Tanev, or to look at other offers.

On Friday, June 27th we will find out what the Panthers will do with the 1st overall pick. Trade or no trade we will improve our roster but perhaps making a trade involving the 1st overall pick will speed up our quest to get back to the playoffs. Its going to be a VERY interesting and exciting couple of weeks.

Stay tuned as we will bring the latest Florida Panthers news and feel free to let us know what you think of Vancouver’s rumored offer in the comments section. Follow @FANSIDEDTHRAT for even more Panthers news. Thanks for reading.

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  • Justin

    How does Ekblad make a more immediate impact, than a top 4 defender and likely a top 6 forward for next year and then at 6 you maybe draft Virtanen or Ritchie, and that’s assuming the top 5 goes exactly as expected, which it rarely does (and Calgary is in the top 5 this year), you could wind up with Dal Colle or even Draisaitl at 6. I don’t know for sure of Florida’s depth chart or contracts but you could have a top 6 of Huberdeau/Bjugstad/Upshall Shinkaruk/Barkov/Draisaitl

    • Devin

      It’s tempting yes but I really like Ekblad. I truly believe he will be a top 2 Dman. Tanev doesn’t really impress me and yes shinkaruk is highly skilled but hasn’t proved himself. I just think there are better offers out there for more established NHLers. Thanks for your input!

      • Justin

        I don’t know, I think if Vancouver is really making this offer, it’ll be the best one out there, and if it’s not accepted, then Talon isn’t really serious about trading the pick. I get what you’re saying, I really like Ekblad as well, so as an Oilers fan I have a vested interest in this trade as I don’t think that Vancouver takes a defenseman and I’m certain Buffalo doesn’t. But at the same time, I think giving an established nhler, a blue chip prospect and a top 8 pick for the 1st pick is crazy in this draft anyways. Maybe not next year, but as good as Ekblad may be, there’s still the sentiment that this draft is one of the weaker drafts in a number of years, so I don’t think it’s worth it for most teams.

        • Blair

          And that is coming from an oilers fan. I couldn’t agree more with you.

          • Devin

            Ya one that said he wants Ekblad. If we make this trade VAN goes Reinhart Buff probably goes Bennett and EDM goes Ekblad.

      • Blair

        Devin are you from the east? You clearly haven’t seen tanev play. He is one of the canucks best dmen defensively. If getting points is the only thing you look for in a defencemen then you better have a good goaltender and Lou is getting pretty damn old.

        • Devin

          Yes I’m from Florida and I ‘ve seen Tanev play and yes he’s good defensively. I also love his smart decision making but I feel like there are Dmen in FA we can get that would provide those same attributes. Like I’ve said before I really like Ekblad. Maybe I’m scarred from the past two times we’ve traded the first overall pick. I really want a goal scorer for the pick that has proven themselves in the NHL. Gonna be an exciting draft day and panther fans like myself are split on this deal. Some like it some don’t. Could be worse but I say look at other offers for now.

          • Justin

            You’re right in that I want Ekblad, like A LOT. But I’m mostly going off what you’re saying. You’re saying you don’t want Shinkaruk because he’s not proven and Tanev isn’t enough of a offensive defenseman. Well Ekblad isn’t proven either and isn’t exactly a point producing machine, he gets a lot of power play points, but his strongest attribute is a defensively sound, puck moving defenseman. Tanev may not get many points but he moves the puck fantastically well, his first pass is almost always spot on, and take it from an Oilers fan, it doesn’t matter what talent you have up front if you don’t have the guy on the back end to get them the puck. So while Ekblad could be great, Tanev is a proven NHL defenseman who moves the puck very well and the only reason he probably doesn’t have more points is that Vancouver has a lot of passers on their team and will move the puck around after he makes his outlet pass. Where as a team like Chicago gets that first outlet pass and it’s bang bang and in the net and Keith gets an assist. I don’t know the season final numbers but there was a point this year where Keith had 32 assists and only 12 were primary assists. The rest were second assists, most likely from outlet passes. I’m not saying at all that Tanev is Keith, just trying to illustrate how important that aspect is. If I’m Florida and Vancouver is offering Tanev, Shinkaruk and the 6th pick, I take that before they have a chance to give their head a shake. Also if you think about how the draft will shake out with Vancouver on the top it’ll likely be Rienhart, Bennett (or vice versa) then Edmonton would take Ekblad, once those 3 are gone I wouldn’t put it passed Calgary to pass on Draisaitl and take Virtanen instead, then you probably have the Islanders taking Draisaitl and Florida has Dal Colle (or maybe even Draisaitl) fall into their laps.

            Sorry that was really long winded but I love the speculation side of hockey.

  • puckbubba

    Panthers top 6
    Bergenheim/Barkov/Boyes
    Fleischmann /Bjugstad/Upshall

    Last year Huberdeau was dropped to the third line.

    Ekblad may dominate in junior but I doubt he has the same success against men. I would take a scoring forward, something the Panthers need.

    • Devin

      Ya but has shinkaruk proved himself? He looks promising. I just am not a fan of Tanev really. I really think Ekblad is gonna be special. Think less physical Shea Weber. Plus there may be better offers out there for more established players if we are indeed set on trading the pick. Thanks for your input!

  • andrewmattock

    Tanev isn’t a point producer (yet) but he’s still young and shows amazing composure for his age. Rarely makes a wrong pass and is extremely smart in his positioning and puck movement out of the zone. Can’t just look at the stat column for judgement.

    • Blair

      Exactly! No way I want to do this trade if I’m van. Tanev is great defensively.

  • Blair

    I’m glad you guys don’t want that because niether do I. Rienheart or ekblad just isn’t worth Virtanen, shinkaruk and Tanev.. If vancouver does that trade I’ll be pissed.

    • Blair

      To be quite honest I wouldn’t do this trade even if you took shinkaruk out. The canucks should just draft virtanen and keep our young players. We need tanev for the future.

  • Devin

    You all have made good points but I truly believe Ekblad is gonna be one of the top Dmen in the league. Those are hard to find and if you have the chance to secure one…I say take that chance.

  • Mark

    Why would it be so important that Tanev put up points? That should not be the main criteria one uses to judge him. For starters he’s a defenceman, and his first responsibility is to prevent the other team from scoring. If Tavev were to get zero goals, 20 assists, and be a +20 he would still be one of the most sought after defencemen in the league.

    • Devin

      I want Ekblad, plain and simple if this is the offer.

      • Mark

        Can’t argue with you there :-)…Ekblad would be a great addition to any team.