McCann headed to Florida

Photo by Jim Egan

After just one season with the Vancouver Canucks, former Soo Greyhounds star forward Jared McCann has been dealt to the Florida Panthers along with a pair of draft picks in exchange for veteran defenceman Erik Gudbranson and a fifth round pick in 2016.

The Stratford, Ontario native, who doesn’t turn 20 years old until May 31st, had 9 goals and 18 points through 69 games during his rookie season with the Canucks.

McCann, a former fourth overall pick of the Hounds, spent three seasons with the Soo from 2012-2015, scoring 82 goals and 187 points through 184 career games, before making the National Hockey League this year as a 19 year old.

Through his first nine games this season with the Canucks, McCann scored five times, including  his first career two goal game vs Montreal on October 27th, 2015.

Known for his tremendous shot, he then had 4 goals and 9 assists through his final 60 games of the season with the Canucks, as the club failed to make the postseason for the second time in three seasons.

Defenceman Erik Gudbranson, who spent his entire National Hockey League career with the Florida Panthers from 2011-2016, had 2 goals and 9 points through 64 games this season.

Gudbranson, who is also the older brother of former Soo Greyhounds defenceman Alex Gudbranson, spent his entire Ontario Hockey League career with the Kingston Frontenacs from 2008-2011.

In exchange for McCann, the Panthers will also get the Canucks second and fourth round pick in the 2016 National Hockey League draft in June.

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.