Sami Pahlsson is now a member of the Vancouver Canucks for the price of two fourth round picks heading back to the Columbus Blue Jackets. This is, in my estimation, a great pick up for the Canucks as Pahlsson adds a ton to your forward corps and its ability to play a two way game.
We’re obviously all aware of the role Manny Malhotra has in the Vancouver lineup and he just had some of the burden lifted off of him in terms of playing big defensive minutes and shutting down top lines. When you look at the fact Vancouver can now roll three lines with defensive centers like Ryan Kesler, Sami Pahlsson and Manny Malhotra, the Canucks become a very tough matchup for any team in the NHL.
With versatility at the center position throughout their lineup with the likes of those three plus Hodgson, Lapierre, etc. and the agitating presence they have on the win with Weise, Hansen, and Bitz, the Canucks have made themselves a very tough team to play against heading down the stretch.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.