The Vancouver Canucks have just made their first move of the Draft day. Canucks general manager Jim Benning announced Friday morning that the club has re-signed forward Markus Granlund to a one-year, one-way contract at $1.475 million.
“Markus is a versatile forward with the ability to play in all situations,” said Benning. “He plays a complete, two-way game and has shown he can produce offensively. We look forward to seeing Markus continue to develop as a Vancouver Canuck this season.”
The 25-year old forward tallied eight goals and posted 12 points in 53 games with the Canucks this past season, his third campaign with the team. Granlund ended up in Vancouver following a trade that took place in February 2016 when the Calgary Flames traded him to the Canucks in exchange for Hunter Shinkaruk. Granlund was selected in the second round, 45th overall by the Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
In 224 career games, Granlund, who is coming off a two-year contract worth $1.8 million - an AAV of $900,000, has recorded 43 goals and 32 assists.
Here is some additional information on Grandlund provided in the press release that was posted on the NHL.com webpage and the one of the Vancouver Canucks:
"Granlund, 25, played 53 games for Vancouver in the 2017.18 season recording 12 points (8-4-12) and eight penalty minutes. His first full season with the Canucks was 2016.17 and marked a career best in goals (19), assists (13), points (32) and games played (69). In 224 career NHL games played with Vancouver and Calgary, Granlund has collected 75 points (43-32-75) and 52 penalty minutes. He has one assist in three career playoff games.
Internationally, Granlund has represented Finland on multiple occasions and won bronze at the 2010 IIHF U18 World Championships."
Granlund is a versatile two-way offensive player, but he hasn't quite lived up to his lofty draft profile since the Flames originally took him in the second round of the 2011 draft. This one-year contract could be a smart way for the Canucks to further evaluate his potential and see if he is worth gambling on or might be used as a trade bait rental player during the next trade deadline.