Moments after moving along right-shot defenceman Travis Hamonic to the Ottawa Senators, the Vancouver Canucks announced the acquisition of left-shot D-man Travis Dermott from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exhange for one of their three 2022 3rd-round draft picks. It’s not the identical pick they obtained in the Hamonic deal, but one that came from the Winnipeg Jets last summer in a deal for Nate Schmidt.
No word yet on Dermott’s arrival time in Vancouver, but in this two-step swap of D-men, the Vancouver Canucks get six years younger and save $1.5-million on the salary cap. Like Hamonic, 25-year-old Dermott has a year remaining on his present deal.
Not an offensive threat – he has 52 points in 251 career NHL games – Dermott brings decent size, 6-foot, 200-pounds to the table and a 2nd-round draft pedigree. He was selected 34th-overall by the Maple Leafs in the 2015 draft out of the Erie Otters of the OHL where he played for two seasons with childhood chum Connor McDavid. They grew up near one another and played youth hockey in the Greater Toronto Area.
Dermott helped the Toronto Marlies win a Calder Cup championship in the American Hockey League in 2017-’18 and can ably play both the left and right side.
He also immediately fulfills the Vancouver Canucks recent requirement to apparently have a ‘Travis’ somewhere on the roster or in the hockey operations department.
On Hamonic: The 31-year-old right-shot D-man tallied seven points in 24 games for the Vancouver Canucks this season. He signed a two-year contract with Vancouver GM Jim Benning on July 28th, 2021 worth a cap hit of $3-million per season.
After he signed, personal issues arose related to his family’s health and to his decision to delay vaccination for the Covid virus, which first prevented him from playing at all and then from crossing the border to play games in the United States.