HURRICANES ACQUIRE ATWAL FROM GIANTS
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In an unsurprising move, Hurricanes GM Peter Anholt has acquired 20 year old defenseman Arvin Atwal in exchange for a conditional sixth round draft pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Having already injected two new overage faces this off-season, Millette and Gutierrez (both forwards), it was clear that Anholt would be looking to fill his final overage roster spot with a blueliner. Rather than wait to see what might shake loose in October at the overage roster deadline, the GM felt confident enough in the player to move an asset to acquire him. Remember that the Hurricanes received a 4th round pick from the Broncos in the Jensen trade, giving Anholt some flexibility in trading picks for an overager.
Anholt’s thoughts on the trade below (via official team press release)
“We felt that we wanted to add to our depth on the backend and when you add an older guy like that, it gives you an opportunity to play your younger guys even more,” said Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt. “I wanted to add a right-handed older defenseman that we could play Andrew Nielsen with and hopefully have a top-two pairing that can go head-to-head against top forwards on any other team. We are excited about adding [Arvin].” – Peter Anholt
Below are a few scouting reports on Atwal.
“Two Way Defenseman: Pros: Good skater. Good shot. Creative with puck. Good decision maker. Has good gap control. Tough player.
Cons: Needs to be better positional defensively. Still figuring out his game..” (link)
“ A thick and strong defenceman for the Vancouver Giants. Likes to play the body and has some under-the-radar offensive tools.” – (link)
“Developing two way workhorse d-man with good size, skill and physicality. While a snarly defender first and foremost, he moves the puck feel and sees time on the PP. Has decent mobility and an active stick. Gets position in front of his net and physically battles the attackers. Will stand up for teammates but doesn’t go looking for confrontations.” – Bill Plakzec (link)
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