Vancouver #Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has acquired forward Jason Dickinson from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a third-round draft pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. pic.twitter.com/igzJxi1epr
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) July 17, 2021
Jason Dickinson Traded to Vancouver
The Canucks were set to make a move before the expansion draft and it came just before the trade window closed. Jason Dickinson has played six seasons for the Dallas Stars, scoring 25 goals and 63 assists in 221 games. However, the first three seasons were split between the Stars and their AHL franchise, the Texas Stars.
During the 2020-21 season, Dickinson scored seven goals and 15 points in 51 games. He was ranked third on the team with two game-winning goals, which was also his career-high. Dickinson led all Dallas forwards in blocked shots with 49 and was fourth on the team in hits, with 78. The Canadian player finished the season with a career-high 16:12 of time on ice per game. The centre was drafted by the Stars in the 2013 NHL Draft with the 29th overall pick.
What This Means For The Future
Even though this trade was a surprise, Dallas has a few prospects waiting for the call to the main team. They needed to open space for them and now they did. For Vancouver, Dickinson is a great fit for a much-needed defensive forward spot. With all the defensive struggles the past few seasons, the Canucks had to make a change and it might start with this move. However, it is yet to be seen how Dickinson will affect their protection list for the expansion draft. When talking to Thomas Drance, Dickinson expressed excitement to be a part of the Canucks.
Jason Dickinson was on the golf course – eying the clock closely – when he found out he'd been dealt to Vancouver today.
"You know what, I'm super excited to be in Vancouver. We're Canadian, so we love that too. I was a big fan of Vancouver when they made their cup run in 2011."
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) July 17, 2021
When asked about rooting for Vancouver, the 26-year-old answered “I loved the Sedins and I loved Kesler mainly. I saw a lot of myself in him. There was a lot I liked in his game, so I gravitated to that.”, which probably already made him a fan favourite.