Vancouver Canucks Trade Grades: Minor deal sees Tom Pyatt era end in Vancouver

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      Tom Pyatt didn’t have the same success in Vancouver that his brother Taylor enjoyed. In fact, the younger Pyatt never even got a game in with the Vancouver Canucks.

      Pyatt scored 19 points in 36 games with the Utica Comets last season after coming over from the Ottawa Senators in the deal that sent former backup goaltender Anders Nilsson out east.  

      He’s now been moved once again, as the Canucks traded Pyatt and the 165th pick (sixth-round) in the draft to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Francis Perron and the 217th selection (seventh-round).

      It’s a minor-league deal for sure. Perron was a seventh-round pick by the Ottawa Senators in 2014 (and traded to San Jose in the Erik Karlsson trade) and while he’s never played an NHL game, he has developed into something of a prolific AHL scorer.

      He put up 47 points in 63 games last season for the San Jose Barracuda, good for second on the team. Is it possible he continues to mature and becomes an NHL contributor?

      After all, he drastically upped his production last season, hinting that a further improvement isn’t out of the question. The 23-year-old is thought to be a skilled playmaker who may have been squeezed out of San Jose.

      Grade: A–

      Sure, why not? It’s not likely to have much impact (if any) at the professional level, but putting talented young players in Utica instead of washed-up older NHLers is not a bad idea. The farm system needs something of a reinvigoration, and that’s obviously what the Canucks are thinking here.