With both Bo Horvat and Brandon Sutter hitting the injured reserve, the Canucks took a cold, hard look at their depth at centre and evidently didn’t like what they saw. While there’s little the Canucks can do to replace a first-line centre like Bo Horvat, they could do something about the bottom of the lineup. So they did. Late Thursday night, the Canucks traded defenceman Jordan Subban to the Los Angeles Kings for centre Nic Dowd. The move will incense a certain segment of Canucks fans, who have been clamoring for the Canucks to give Subban a chance to play in the NHL for years now. In fact, Subban’s primary role with the Canucks was to be brought up any time the power play struggled. He might as well have been called Jordan “Why Haven’t the Canucks Called Up” Subban. Unfortunately, the reason Subban never got called up from the Comets is that he has significant defensive flaws. Some might argue that Subban’s offensive upside makes up for those flaws, but the Canucks clearly don’t think that’s the case. His biggest issue is that he is actually a below-average passer for someone billed as a puck-moving defenceman. Subban was even a healthy scratch multiple times this season. Canucks prospects blew by him on the defensive depth chart almost as frequently as opposing forwards blew past him on the rush. Subban can certainly skate with the puck at an NHL level and he possesses a great shot, but nothing else in his game is NHL-caliber. He was never going to get called up by the Canucks and it’s hard to imagine him getting called up by the Kings either. In exchange for Subban, the Kings sent Nic Dowd to the Canucks. Dowd played 70 games for the Kings last season, putting up 22 points. He played mostly on the fourth line, though he also played on the second power play unit, where he tallied 8 of his points.
Canucks make a late night snack run, acquiring Nic Dowd for Jordan Subban
Vancouver Courier | Dec 8