Linden Vey

by Dobber Sports on January 20, 2016
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Linden Vey, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 190

Born: 1991-07-17

Hometown: Wakaw, SK

Drafted: 2009 by Los Angeles Kings, 96th Overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

January 2016 – After a disappointing beginning to the season, which included passing through waivers, Vey provided the Utica Comets with consistent scoring in the AHL. Three goals and 15 points in 26 games with the Comets paid off, as he was called up Jan.18 after an injury to Henrik Sedin. There is no question that Linden has seized his opportunity, as he has played in each of Vancouver's 13 games since being summoned while posting a goal and four points with a minus-3 rating. What is more impressive is the increased responsibility he has received. Whereas his average ice time in his first six contests was a sliver over 13 minutes per game, that has increased to upwards of 16 minutes in his past seven. This recent improvement in performance may help solidify a spot with the Canucks, and could make him a potential trade target at the trade deadline. This is a big "if" though, as the Canucks are still in the thick of a wild-card race. Given the uptick in performance, Vey could represent a depth addition in case of an injury to your keeper league down the stretch. David McDonald

November 2015 – Vey is heavily leaned on in Utica, posting 10 points in 13 games. His nine assists are a product of Hunter Shinkaruk's 10 goal outburst to start the season, but Vey is a responsible two-way leader for the Comets. Vancouver has opted to recall various other players over him this season, though those players were receiving their first viewings at the NHL level, while the Canucks know what they are getting with Linden. Now that everyone has had their go-round, Vey may be once again be in the consideration for a call-up, but his long-term future with Vancouver is highly in doubt. Mike Barrett

October 2015 – In somewhat of a surprise, Vey was cut from the Canucks' main camp on October 5th. He had to clear waivers to get to Utica; which he did. The 24-year-old should be Vancouver's first call up due to his experience and versatility. Mike Barrett

December 2014 – Vey has received solid ice-time for most of the season, but was scratched from the lineup at the end of November for not producing enough of his own chances (20 shots). Originally playing center in Vancouver, Vey has also been moved to the wing to get back in the lineup. An injury to Zach Kassian has also put Vey back on the top powerplay unit.  The benching looks to have done him well, as the 23-year-old returned to score two goals and one assist on November 30th vs Detroit (5-3 loss).Vey now has six goals and six assists in 24 games this season and should reach the 20-goal plateau if things trend upward. Mike Barrett

October 2014 – Vey has really set himself apart from the rest of the pack in regards to prospects in Vancouver, as he is a nightly fixture in coach Desjardins lineup. Not only is he counted on for regular minutes, he even scored his first-career NHL goal skating on the power play with the Sedin twins. Vey's skating and offensive ability have had the chance to shine here, unlike in LA where he was never given the chance due to a log jam of depth up the middle. Just recently, Vey has been moved to center the fourth line. If this continues, the limited minutes will be cause for worry, but this is probably only temporary. Mike Barrett

September 2014 – New Canucks GM Jim Benning recently confirmed what was earlier assumed, that the third line center spot is Lindey Vey's to lose. Benning was quoted as saying, "I think Linden Vey could be that guy for us…he’s a puck-possession guy, he buys time and space with the puck, makes good plays and ends up with scoring chances. That line he played on (with Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson) was the best line in the league. Some games, Linden Vey was the best player on that line. The Kings are at the point where they have the deepest center ice in the league, so (Vey) got a chance to play here. I think he’ll come in here and get his chance to play in the league and do well.” If you’re looking for a huge value pick with solid point potential (30-40 points this season), look to grab Linden Vey late in your drafts. Michael Barrett

July 2014 – Vey was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round draft pick – a hefty price for a prospect and it's indicative of his status in the prospect hierarchy. Vey is NHL ready and will be a full-time Canuck this season, barring an implosion. He signed a one-year deal with the team and has a good shot at a third-line job. Dobber

September 2013 – Vey is coming off back to back impressive AHL campaigns with the Manchester Monarchs posting 43 and 67 points, respectively, in his first two professional seasons. Vey led the Monarchs in scoring in 2012-13 and is on the cusp of making the NHL but a stacked depth chart and fierce competition (see Tyler Toffoli) may delay his arrival. The former 100+ point junior scorer is a skilled forward and it appears that he may experience some NHL call-ups as soon as this season. Look for Vey to re-unite with linemates Tanner Pearson and potentially Tyler Toffoli in Manchester to form one of the AHL's top offensive units. Brendan Ross

January 2013 – Vey has posted respectable numbers in the AHL with 10 goals and 26 assist for 36 points in 42 games.  He's showing his playmaking abilities and has taken the scoring lead for the Manchester Monarchs.  If he continues to play this well, there's a chance that with the condensed NHL season some guys might get injured and he could be the first to be called up for a short stint to show off his wares. Tim Graveline

April 2012 – LA may have gotten one of the best steals from the '09 draft. Linden is smaller but that has not hurt his play at all. Linden left junior hockey as the leading scorer of ALL Canadian Major Junior with 116 PTS in 69 games. He has jumped into a very good AHL program in Manchester and has fit in seamlessly. He has played top six minutes, produced 40 points good for third on the team and has been very responsible in his role, just like in junior He only has four points in 13 games since February, but in February he went on a tear recording 14 points in 12 games with a plus-9. Linden will see another season in Manchester next year, will be looking to add size, professional consistency and drive the offense. Jason Banks

 

Fantasy Outlook:  C+

Still has upside, but is starting to show signs that his game won't transition to the NHL the way fantasy owners hope.

 

 

Footage:

Explanation of Video: Linden Vey scores a goal on a faceoff win, 40 seconds in.