The Vancouver Canucks are “working on” bringing Russian defenseman Nikita Tryamkin to North America when his KHL season ends, according to News 1130 Sports.
Tryamkin, 21, was the 66th overall pick in the 2014 draft. His contract with Yekaterinburg Automobilist apparently doesn’t expire until April 30, but with the Gagarin Cup playoffs set to begin in a couple of weeks, the Canucks are hoping he’ll be released as soon as his team is out. He would then report to AHL Utica.
Tryamkin is an intriguing prospect. He’s big (6-6, 220 lbs) and has been described as a late-bloomer. He told the Canucks he patterns himself after Zdeno Chara.
The Nashville Predators aren’t sure when Jimmy Vesey’s Harvard season is going to end, but as soon as it does, they want the 22-year-old winger to come play for them.
“As we’ve told him all along, and including as recently as probably this past week, is we’ve got a spot for him,” Preds GM David Poile told 102.5 The Game radio in Nashville (audio).
“We truly believe that he could come in and play right away.”
Of course, before he’d play for the Preds he’d have to sign with them. The alternative for the NCAA star is to become a free agent this offseason, which has led to all sorts of speculation that he’ll do just that.
Hence, the aggressive pitch by the Preds.
“I could see him starting right out either on (Ryan) Johansen’s line or probably Mike Fisher’s line,” said Poile.
Vesey has 16 goals and 16 assists in 20 games for Harvard.