Canucks acquire defenceman Filip Hronek from Red Wings for draft picks

Jamie Dodd and Thomas Drance analyze the Filip Hronek trade, and try to comprehend why the Canucks gave up a first-round pick in midst of a 'rebuild.'

The Vancouver Canucks acquired defenceman Filip Hronek and a fourth-round pick (2023) from the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday in exchange for a conditional first-round pick and a second-round pick (both 2023).

The conditional first-rounder was acquired by the Canucks when they traded former captain Bo Horvat to the New York Islanders in January.

Hronek led all Red Wings blue-liners with 38 points (nine goals and 29 assists) through 60 games this season and also averaged 21:32 minutes of ice time.

He left Tuesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators after sustaining an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return.

The 25-year-old from Hradec Kralove, Czechia, is in the second season of a three-year contract with a $4.4 million AAV.

Drafted in the second round, 53rd overall, by Detroit in 2016, Hronek has 30 goals and 156 points over the past five seasons with the Red Wings.

March 1, 2023 - 5:01 pm ET
van Vancouver Canucks
det Detroit Red Wings
  • Conditional first round pick 2023
  • Second round pick 2023
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