Alex Chiasson: Signing: The Canucks have signed Alex Chiasson to a one-year contract worth $750K. https://t.co/yjUAYnhsr4
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Chiasson Agrees to Contract with Vancouver Canucks
Alex Chiasson is moving on to a new team this season. The Canucks have signed the journeyman forward to a one-year contract on Monday at the league minimum.
Chiasson has played in 564 career NHL games, amassing 101 goals and 101 assists. This will be the sixth team he has played for in his career thus far. He was drafted back in 2009 in the second round, 38th overall, by the Dallas Stars.
The 31-year-old spent the last three seasons playing for the Edmonton Oilers. Most of his tenure there was spent playing bottom-six minutes but he did find himself plugged into the Oilers’ lethal power play.
What This Means Moving Forward
Chiasson has a nice touch around the net and showed he is capable of finding open space and finishing on the power play. Of Alex’s 42 goals scored with Edmonton, 19 came on the man advantage.
The Canucks will be hoping his knack for scoring on the power play will continue, as Vancouver struggled mightily with the man-advantage last season. Despite all the offensive weapons available, the Canucks power play operated at a dreadful 17% efficiency which ranked 25th in the league.
Signing Chiasson to a league-minimum deal is a nice low-risk, medium-reward kind of deal. Vancouver gets a veteran guy who has been around the league and has played in all types of scenarios. He is a versatile player that can move up and down the lineup. He has also shown an ability to play alongside star players as he did with Connor McDavid and Alex Ovechkin. So should injuries happen to the Canucks top six, the former Terrier could slide into that mix and be an effective player while temporarily filling a hole.
Chiasson has only one 20-goal season under his belt, and that came while playing alongside McDavid and the Oilers’ high-octane offence. So Vancouver shouldn’t expect anything close to that type of production out of him this year. But what they are getting is a versatile, veteran player who can chip in on the offensive side of the game and bring leadership into a young dressing room.