The Canucks get the third-line centre they've been desperately searching for, especially when it became obvious that Brendan Gaunce and Bo Horvat were not him. They might have hoped that they'd find a treasure on the waiver wire, but that didn't materialize. Then the Hurricanes happened by, and Mike Gillis picked their pocket.
While he was rummaging in there, he pried loose a 6'3", 200 lbs forward who was a point per game player in the NCAA. The Canucks are perennially bereft of size in their forward corps, so this throw-in actually fills a need, and could contribute down the line.
So the Canucks are up two. In return the Hurricanes get what, half a mill in cap room? The kid was in the AHL anyway, his salary wouldn't have counted against their cap. Are they such a shoestring operation that they're going to give up on a player with size and scoring ability and upside to save $800 000?
It really doesn't add up. Kellen Tochkin is a player who I'd literally never heard of, he was never brought up in any of the most optimistic articles on the Canucks prospects. Hockey's Future didn't have him among the Canucks Top 20 prospects. So the Canucks give up a fourth-round pick for a low-end prospect, which would be even-steven, but then get their third-line centre for free?
Can someone explain this to me?