You’ll have to excuse Vancouver Canucks fans if they seem a little fatalistic this season. After all the team is destined for another bottom five finish in the NHL standings, its two biggest stars are clearly on the decline and its biggest emerging superstar is now out for the season. No matter how you look at things, there’s not much to cheer for in Vancouver these days. But hey… at least the team has a decent prospect pipeline highlighted by top picks like Elias Pettersson and Olli Juolevi. Another prized prospect, one who’s already made an NHL impact, is hulking defenseman Nikita Tryamkin.
Canucks fans may remember the 6 foot, 7 inch, 265 pound Russian defenceman from his 66 games in 2016-17 and brief 13 game audition in 2015-16. The big man put up three goals, 11 points and 74 penalty minutes in 79 games with the Canucks before returning to Russia and the KHL this past season. In 53 games with Yekaterinburg Automobilist this season, he managed nine goals and 25 points. But with Automobilist’s season now over, what are the chances that Tryamkin returns to Vancouver? Uh… what was that about fatalist Canucks fans again? Yeah… they’re that way for a reason and it’s because of news like this: Tryamkin will not return to Vancouver. At least, not for the 2018-19 season.
Tryamkin took to social media yesterday to thank the Yekaterinburg fans for their support this season and vowed to be back with the team next season.
Check it out:
“Dear our fans!!! Would like to express to you the words of gratitude for being with us in victory and defeat, on field and at home. For your support and emotions which you fuelled team!!! You Super!!!!! A also want to say thank you to our support group, girls you well done!!!! See you next season!!! Thank you all for everything you do for us.”
Well… that settles that. Man… how good would Tryamkin look on the Canucks blue line next season? The big man is an automatic replacement for a gritty guy like Erik Gudbranson, who just seems to get chance after chance with this team’s management group and coaching staff. Wishful thinking at this point, as it seems that Tryamkin is intent on fulfilling his contraction obligations to his hometown team. Fair enough, Nikita. Hopefully we’ll see you back in Vancouver come 2019-20.