A versatile forward with a tenacious style and some offensive upside.
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July 2021 – The Canucks have chosen not to qualify Michaelis and will now test the open market. Dave Hall
March 2021 – Rather than kick-start his inaugural season in the American League, gaining beneficial reps as a first-time professional, Michaelis began the 2020-21 campaign on the Canucks’ Taxi Squad. On March 4th, the undrafted (collegiate) signee would suit up for his first National Hockey League match, despite going nearly a full calendar year since his last meaningful game. Given the combination of inexperience and the extensive gap between games, it’s difficult to get a full grasp on the player that he could be at the highest level – some slack must be given. Through his first four matches, his deployment has seen a wide range of combinations, with small stints on all lines at even-strength. However, the better minutes have been spent on the third-line, as expected. With a single shot, four hits, and three blocks, he has yet to showcase anything that suggests his potential extending past a bottom-six, depth role piece. Ultimately, some time in the minors could prove to be beneficial for his game as he adjusts to life as a pro. Dave Hall
March 2020 – The Vancouver Canucks dipped their toes into the NCAA free agent pool by signing the 24-year-old, Michaelis to a one-year standard-player contract. The German forward took the long road to this signing, not suiting up in the university ranks until he was 21. Once there, his numbers were always strong. This past season, as a senior, he sat in the nation for goal (20), third in points (33) and co-led all skaters with shorthanded tallies. The Canucks envision him has a depth piece who could potentially play an energy line role. With his 25th birthday just around the bend, he’s almost a full developed prospect. Cam Robinson