Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced the acquisition of forward Tyler Toppoli from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional 2018 first-round pick.
The two teams will also receive a conditional 2017 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2019 second-rounder, according to a press release.
Benning said he hoped the deal would open the door for a “big-name prospect to be signed in the summer” but it’s not certain.
Toppolies playing time will depend on how the Canucks do with Toffololi, who is eligible to return after this season.
“This is a great trade for us,” said Benning.
“He’s a top-line forward that can help us in the defensive zone and play on the power play.
We’re happy to add Tyler to our group.” “
It’s just an exciting trade.
We’re happy to add Tyler to our group.”
Benning also said that the team “will continue to monitor the situation” for the possibility of Toppols return, but it is unlikely.
Toffolloli had four goals and nine points in 53 games with the Blackhawks.
The 21-year-old defenseman, who had been a healthy scratch the past three games, scored the game-winner against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
Topperoli had three goals and two assists in five playoff games for Chicago.
The Canucks selected the Czech forward in the first round (No. 15 overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Toppi is coming off a career-high 17 points in 33 games with Providence in the American Hockey League.
The 25-year old was signed as a free agent by Chicago last summer, but did not play a game in 2017-18.
He was also a restricted free agent.