Thoughts On Ethan Bear
First Practice October 30, 2022
JFresh: Ethan Bear, acquired by VAN, is a puck-moving defenceman who never really settled in with CAR. Results were okay in a depth spot but he had better two-way results in a bigger role in EDM. Easy to forget he played some of the biggest minutes in the NHL in 19-20.
JFresh: I like this a lot for VAN. Bear has skill and a solid track record including some heavy minutes. Lost his spot in CAR after struggling with COVID. Notably, he’s one of those guys whose on-ice goals against are always above expected. Is that his fault? Maybe!
If Bear’s defensive screw-ups are really the reason his goalies always have a roughly .905 save percentage behind him, then don’t re-sign him. But doesn’t hurt to take a chance.
Rick Dhaliwal reported Ethan Bear’s agent Jason Davidson, as saying Bear is happy about the move: “Ethans #1 destination through this process was to come to Vancouver… he is extremely excited to join the Canucks organization. He works out with Luke Schenn in the off season, he is very excited to get to Vancouver.”
D Ethan Bear will wear jersey number 74 for the Vancouver Canucks. Number never worn before in team history.
General Manager Patrik Allvin on bringing in newly acquired Ethan Bear: “We wanted to add younger players. We got a right-shot defenceman that’s been playing in the league for a couple years.”
Satiar Shah: Ethan Bear’s puck moving ability should be a big boost for a Canucks D that struggles in transition, especially with Hughes out. Not sure he makes the Canucks any better when it comes to in-zone defending but he should help them spend less time there to begin with
“I remember him in Edmonton as a very good puck moving defenceman and very aggressive offensively. We’re looking forward to having him here.”: Head Coach Bruce Boudreau on newly acquired Ethan Bear
Rob Williams: Fun fact: New #Canucks defenceman Ethan Bear received some Calder Trophy votes two years ago.
Ethan Bear (traded to Vancouver) is a high-event defender who creates chaos, has some helpful goal-threat skills, and causes his team to draw penalties a little.: Micah Blake McCurdy
Randip Janda: Ethan Bear addresses a need on the right hand side & is a good buy low option for the Canucks. Good opportunity for Bear to rebound as the Canucks will give him the mobility to move up the depth chart if he can deliver.
Joey Kenward: Both Ethan Bear & Lane Pederson are graduates of @TheWHL. Both were teammates from 2013-15 with @SeattleTbirds