Markus Granlund to Canucks: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIFebruary 22, 2016

Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) stops a Calgary Flames center Markus Granlund (60) shot in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The Vancouver Canucks acquired 22-year-old Markus Granlund from the Calgary Flames, the team announced Monday. The Canucks sent Hunter Shinkaruk to Calgary in the trade.

Granlund has played in 31 games for the Flames this year, tallying four goals and three assists on the year.

The former second-round pick out of Finland had split time between the American Hockey League and the Flames throughout his three-year career. In his rookie year, Granlund played 52 games and accounted for 46 points. He was called up to Calgary from the Abbotsford Heat in the 2013-14 season and played seven games, tallying three points.

He had the best professional season of his career in the 2014-15 season, playing 48 games and scoring a career-high eight goals.

Vancouver general manager Jim Benning believes Granlund is someone who can step in right away and contribute, per the Canucks:

Granlund's ice time had been inconsistent for the Flames, who came into Monday with the third-fewest points in the Western Conference. He's averaged just over 12 minutes on ice in his last seven games and played under 10 minutes three times.

He was the difference-maker in Calgary's 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9, scoring a goal and tallying an assist.

Granlund goes to a Vancouver team that has struggled to score goals this season, posting the second-worst goal differential (minus-26) in the Western Conference. Daniel Sedin leads the Canucks in goals with 22, but Vancouver has only accounted for 58 points this season.

This is a good opportunity for Vancouver to see what type of potential Granlund has. The Canucks may be a team that will give him more playing time.


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