Tochkin was signed by the Canucks as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and played the next four seasons in juniors playing for four different organizations.
As an overager, the now 22-year-old scored 44 points in 56 games, in short not a great amount for a player that is playing against competition up to four years younger than him.
This season, Tochkin will most likely play for the Charlotte Checkers. Just looking at his stats and analysis on Hockey’s Future, it doesn’t look like Tochkin has much potential for an NHL career and most likely has a lot to work on.
Welsh and Dalpe were not likely to make the opening night roster, but could have been good callups during the season. Because of this the move is perplexing. The pair didn’t have a lot of potential, but did last long in training camp.
Of course the Canes are also getting a fourth-round pick and maybe the team thinks they’ll be able to get someone with more potential, but that’s not too probable in the fourth round.
There’s also the potential that Jim Rutherford has another move up his sleeve. He just shipped off two players that would have to pass through waivers and gained a contract space.
Completed rosters have to be turned in on Monday, so if a deal does come, it will be in the next day.