The Vancouver Canucks pulled the trigger on a Bo Horvat trade and acquired a top-12 protected 2023 first-round pick, 25-year-old Anthony Beauvillier and 20-year-old Aatu Raty.
We will have to wait to see what the first-round pick becomes and as for Beauvillier, he is a 5’11” left winger who has nine goals and 11 assists through 49 games this season.
Easily the most interesting piece in the trade is 20-year-old C/W Raty. General manager Patrik Allvin spoke with the media tonight about what the club likes about Raty.
“Our scouting staff really liked him in his draft year,” said Allvin. “He was a highly rated player, struggled a little bit in the end of this draft year, which I think is why he slid out of the first round. But he had such a strong draft year plus one back in Finland there having a point per game, I believe in the top league there and then came back and played really strong at the World Juniors.
“We like the size, 6’2 centre, competitive, good two way game, a lot of details. For a young player to step in right away from Europe and play the way he has done in New York here for 12 games is pretty impressive. That being said, it’s up to us here, I believe we have our development staff in place and our coaching staff to help him to become a full-time NHL player here and when the time is right, we’re gonna help them with that.”
Ratu has appeared in 12 NHL games and 27 AHL games this season. Through those 39 professional games in North America, Raty has scored nine goals.
Here is what they look like!
AHL Goals (7)
Here's a look at new Canucks prospect Aatu Räty's seven AHL goals this season.
The kid has a heck of a release and some pretty good wheels.
— 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀 Faber 🔥🎙 (@ChrisFaber39) January 30, 2023
NHL Goals (2)
We will have a more in-depth scouting report on Aatu Raty coming soon to CanucksArmy.
But from what we can see in these clips, the kid has a nice-looking release and some pretty good hands. His speed is good on a few of those bursts in the AHL but we will have to watch more video on him to really have a full breakdown of what the Canucks are getting with Raty.
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