Geek of the Week: New Faces in New Places- Forwards

Scott Royce

2021-09-19

As with any offseason in all sports leagues, there's always a ton of impending change on each and every team heading into the new campaign. This year obviously is no exception, and it wouldn't be a stretch to say this was one of the more hectic NHL offseasons in recent history. Partially thanks to the altered COVID schedule and the playoffs running longer than normal, and not to mention the arrival of the Seattle Kraken, it's been a wild past couple of months, to say the least. 

Some trades were made in order to protect teams' rosters heading into the expansion draft, while others were made simply to try and retool and prepare for another long grueling season. On top of that, free agency opened up at the end of July and a load of players found new homes heading into the 2021-22 season. This week I would like to take the chance to look at some of the most intriguing players who found themselves new homes this offseason. Enough preamble, let's dive into it!

Conor Garland (VAN) LW/RW

2020-21 Stats: (With ARZ) 49 GP, 12 G, 27 A, 39 PTS, -3, 135 SOG, 26 Hits, 17:55 ATOI

After three long seasons in the desert, Arizona decided it was finally time to part ways with Garland, as he was part of the blockbuster deal that saw him and teammate Oliver Ekman-Larsson get deal to the Vancouver Canucks for their 2021 first-round pick (Dylan Guenther), a 2022 second-round pick, a 2023 seventh-round pick, Jay Beagle, Loui Eriksson and Antoine Roussel.  It seems like Arizona is content on-going full tank mode, so it was nice of them to set Garland free after three seasons of service for the club. 

Upon his arrival to Vancouver, Garland wasted no time, signing a five-year extension to the tune of $24.75 million. This kind of commitment from the Canucks front office seems to echo the sentiments of a lot of people in the fantasy hockey community, which is they believe there could be a much higher ceiling for Garland that we haven't seen yet. This uncapped potential comes with a hefty price tag, but you can't help but be frothing at the mouth if you are a Canucks fan. The possibility of him playing on the top line with JT Miller and Elias Pettersson is indeed exciting for Canucks fans, and fantasy owners alike. He should slot into the top power-