Canucks sign former Coyotes draftee Laplante

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Vancouver has added one of the top scorers from the Quebec League, inking Yan-Pavel Laplante to a three-year, entry-level deal.

Laplante, 21, was originally selected by Arizona in the third round of he 2013 draft, but went unsigned and re-entered the draft two years later.

He wasn’t picked in his second go-round.

That paved the way for him to play a final QMJHL season as an overager with Gatineau, and he fared well: 34 goals and 65 points in 63 games, finishing tied for 17th in the league in goals.

The Canucks may have been drawn to Laplante’s aggressive, physical game — he fought four times this year — as well as his pedigree as a former touted prospect. In ’13, Laplante shot up the pre-draft rankings while dealing with a serious shoulder injury.

 

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