Alex Kerfoot: Newest Canuck?

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      College free agent Alex Kerfoot exercised his right to not sign with the team that drafted him (the New Jersey Devils) this off-season, making him a free agent on August 15. Kerfoot, along with fellow college standout Will Butcher who didn't sign with the Colorado Avalanche, is free to sign wherever he wishes and since he racked up 45 points in 38 games with Harvard last season, teams are interested. 

      Sources expect Kerfoot to announce his decision today and while the Canucks appear to have a natural edge in that he's from North Vancouver (his father is a co-owner of the Whitecaps), the forward is considering a few teams. The New York Rangers appear to be after Kerfoot and the team has experience in this regard, as they nabbed both Jimmy Vesey and Kevin Hayes as college free agents. Could Kerfoot be tempted to follow another Harvard standout in Vesey? 

      Then there's the issue that Kerfoot is a centre. The Canucks are pretty set at centre for both the present and the future, as there appears to be a roster battle brewing for the fourth line centre spot and the list of forwards who have played some centre on the team is quite long: Henrik Sedin, Bo Horvat, Brandon Sutter, Markus Granlund, Sam Gagner, Alex Burmistrov, Brendan Gaunce and Michael Chaput. 

      Whether Kerfoot wants to start the season in Utica is up to him, but if a team was willing to guarantee him a spot (as the Rangers did with both Vesey and Hayes), you'd have to think he would jump.

      Don't look now, but the Rangers traded veteran centre Derek Stepan to the Coyotes this off-season. That opening might be too enticing for Kerfoot. 

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