Vydareny is a tremendous skater. Has speed and power in his stride, and was definitely the best skating Canuck D-man in every camp he attended. Unfortunately, the rest of his game has never caught up to his raw skill, so he continues to struggle mightily even in the AHL, and is borderline ECHL material at this point. Maybe the change in scenery will spark him, but I doubt it. He seems a lost cause at this point.
Canucks need a scrapper in Manitoba with Grenier gone. Simple as that. Vydarney can do every thing but think. Fatal flaw at the NHL level. He is the type of player that will kill you at the pro level.
Blouin will try to be that enforcer for your Moose, but unfortunately he won't do a great job. He's an awful hockey player than doesn't win fights. Give him an "A" for effort, but I'd be hesitant to even grade his results, because frankly I've yet to see any. I regret the day the Habs wasted a mid round pick getting this guy, soley because he was an old buddy of Michel Therrien's. Thankfully you guys won't have to suffer through having him play in the NHL. On the plus side he sucks equally as bad at defense, meaning that last year when Hamilton was really short on D, Blouin stepped in and sucked up the back end, he's versatile
it wasn't long ago that Vydareny was one of the Canuck's top prospects. as mentioned, his biggest asset is his speed. not only is he fast, but has great acceleration and mobility. he always seems to make an impression at training camp, but tallies off as he starts the season in the minors. still needs to work on his defensive abilities. with a change of scenery he might become a darkhorse prospect in Montreal. even if he doesn't, getting anything for Blouin is a steal.