Making sense of the Granlund for Shinkaruk swap

For the second time in as many years, the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks have made a trade. The Flames sent 2011 second round pick Markus Granlund to Vancouver for 2013 first round pick Hunter Shinkaruk.

The initial online reaction I’ve seen has been “LOL Canucks,” but that was followed by “Why would they made that trade?”, referring to both sides. Here’s a quick glance at why each side would want to make the swap.

THE CANUCKS

John Weisbrod was Calgary’s assistant general manager from June 2011 until December 2013, having been hired just after the 2011 NHL Draft. While he wasn’t with the Flames when they drafted Granlund (or Sven Baertschi), he was the main player development contact and the guy in charge of the farm system.

He joined the Canucks as vice-president of player personnel in July 2014 and since then the Canucks have acquired a pair of players – Baertschi and Granlund – that Weisbrod saw a ton of when he was with the Flames.

Granlund? He’s a fantastic AHL player and has probably earned a shot at a full-time NHL job, but he’s probably run out of runway with the Flames and will be subject to waivers next season. If he wasn’t going to be a regular NHLer, it was probably time for him to go, and the Canucks have an immediate need for centers.

Hand? Meet glove.

THE FLAMES

The John Weisbrod connection is pretty obvious, but here’s one on the Shinkaruk front: Brad McEwen.

Who? Well, he’s a Flames scout who joined the organization in August 2014. His previous job was with the Medicine Hat Tigers, where he served as assistant general manager and director of scouting. While the Flames saw a ton of him during his tenure in the WHL, it’s likely that McEwen would have a ton of insights first-hand. Oh, and Shinkaruk’s father is the team dentist for the Calgary Hitmen.

And on a Stockton Heat team that’s been deluged with injury, and a Flames farm system that doesn’t have a lot of players that seem immediately NHL ready (aside from Derek Grant, who is injured), Shinkaruk joins the team and immediately becomes their top scorer. Not that you don’t want to rely on Kenny Agostino and Emile Poirier to win games, but hey, giving them some help will definitely make things easier on them down the stretch.

It also likely helps that Brad Treliving made his mark as a very hands-on assistant general manager in a resource-starved Arizona Coyotes organization. I don’t doubt that he saw a ton of Shinkaruk during his draft year, and I don’t doubt that he has a good idea of his potential ceiling.

SUM IT UP

The Canucks get a center that’s too good for the AHL and will require waivers beginning with next season. The Flames get a talented (if not huge) winger that gives them some short-term talented help in the AHL and won’t require waivers for a couple more seasons.

It’ll take awhile before know who “won” the trade, but both teams seemed to get what they needed for the short-term.

  • Kevin R

    The Weisbrod connection Ryan is definitely real. I really like the idea of dangling Janko to Weisbrod for Virtanen. Let him convince the Vanc brain trust that Janko will be the best player from that draft. Hell, if they want a D man, lets give them Seiloff & they can have the whole transaction that cost us Ceci or Wilson. How sweet would either of those two kids have looked on our team.

  • Brodano12

    This trade was more good for the Flames than it was bad for the Canucks.

    1. Shink is a top 6 potential LW, which we need. Granlund is a bottom 6 potential 2-way centre, which we have.

    2. Granlund is an RFA and waiver eligible starting next year. This move saves a roster spot and ~1M in cap space for the next couple years while Shinkaruk is on his ELC.

    3. Gives much needed support to our ailing Stockton team.

    • The GREAT Walter White

      The same ailing team that was ranked top in the league before Huska got there?!

      Filled with high draft picks and high potential college players?

      Is there a good reason BT is ignoring this fiasco? Is it better for our contract situation to have our high potential players SUCK this bad? Is that why we are putting up with this incompetence?

      Also: trade Backlund while he is hot. I said the same about Hudler and Wideman last year, but anyone listen?!

      WW

  • Brodano12

    This trade was more good for the Flames than it was bad for the Canucks.

    1. Shink is a top 6 potential LW, which we need. Granlund is a bottom 6 potential 2-way centre, which we have.

    2. Granlund is an RFA and waiver eligible starting next year. This move saves a roster spot and ~1M in cap space for the next couple years while Shinkaruk is on his ELC.

    3. Gives much needed support to our ailing Stockton team.

  • RexLibris

    Making sense of the Granlund for Shinkaruk swap

    Let me see if I can take a stab at this.

    *ahem*

    “Jim Benning has lost his bloody mind.”

    *dusts off hands*

    Yep, looks good from here.

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    Thanks to you signing ww at the end of every post we just skim past most of the time. I do agree for once I also wonder why the development in stockton seems to have halted but wonder if it is the coach or the style he is being asked to implement or injuries to some of the prospects. Why did max Reinhart seem to fall off a cliff. This is there first year in stockton maybe it improves or maybe there is a coaching change but adding talent like hunter can’t hurt

    • The GREAT Walter White

      My beautiful face in yellow and the name in red: “The GREAT Walter White” were not enough of a clue for you……?!

      I’ll give them a pass on Max Reinhart; he was a terrible prospect!

      WW

  • Dan the Drunk

    Pllayers on the farm team gossip about who will get at stab in the bigs; they see players who require waivers in every single slot on the big team. Barring injury, not one player had the chance to be called up this season; there wasn’t any wiggle room.

  • RKD

    Maybe Treliving told Benning after the Baertschi trade that he owed him something in the future and he cashed out. Maybe Shinkaruk requested a trade and it didn’t become a public spectacle like Drouin. Shinkaruk was probably hoping the Flames would draft him and he could play his home city. He could have felt left out when guys like Horvat, Virtanen, Baertschi, McCann,etc. were regulars on the roster.