Vancouver Canucks Sign Vasily Podkolzin

Vasily Podkolzin

The Vancouver Cancks have signed winger Vasily Podkolzin of the KHL to an entry-level contract. The deal is for a standard three years. The team announced the signing Sunday morning.

Canucks sign Vasily Podkolzin

Podkolzin signs after having a decent year in the KHL with SKA St Petersburg. The big 6’4” winger has shown he can play with the big boys of the league as he prepares to make a run to the NHL. He played great in the playoffs collecting 11 points in 16 games as his team lost in the conference finals. Although it wasn’t his best season, Podkolzin continues to improve playing alongside men as a 19-year-old. The Russian got the chance to showcase his skills at the world juniors collecting four points in seven games. The scouting report on Podkolzin is good showing he’s a good all-around player. Although he’s not the most touted player of the draft, once he makes it to the NHL he will definitely have the chance to be the real deal for the Canucks who are already a young improving team. The Canucks have a good prospect in Vasily Podkolzin.

What This Means For The Future

After the Canucks atrocious season there’s a possibility Podkolzin could finally fight for a roster spot for the upcoming season. The forward would be a great addition to Vancouver forward group which lacks size, Podkolzin could change that while bringing his overall offensive and defensive game. Podkolzin has the ability to fight through checks and push his way to the net to generate scoring chances. The Moscow native is an offensive monster due to his skating along with his size. He’s got good hands and his defensive ability is one of the best in his draft class. You shouldn’t rush a prospect in making the jump to the NHL. The Canucks are the best at that as we’ve seen with Elias Pettersson. He’ll definitely be someone to watch the next few years if he doesn’t make the jump this next season.

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