Five things about Travis Dermott, the newest Vancouver Canuck


A few things to know about the latest addition to the Vancouver Canucks’ roster

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Trade deadline day started early for the Vancouver Canucks, who swapped one Travis for another on Sunday.

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With Travis Hamonic traded away to the Ottawa Senators, Canucks GM Patrick Allvin made another move, bringing in defenseman Travis Dermott from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a third-round draft pick in the 2022 NHL entry draft.

Here are five things to know about the newest Canuck:


Travis Dermott talks with former head coach Mike Babcock after being selected 34th by the of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.
Travis Dermott talks with former head coach Mike Babcock after being selected 34th by the of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. Photo by Bruce Bennett /Getty Images

1: A high pick in 2015

Dermott was drafted by the Leafs in the second round in 2015, taken 34th-overall.

The scouting report back then on the 6-foot, 200-pound defenseman was that he’s a good two-way, puck-moving D-man who is solidly built and can make a crisp first pass. His calm demeanor of him was also noted by scouts, as well as his ability to see the ice well with the puck on his stick.

Dermott was the top defenseman on a stacked Erie Otters team in 2015 that featured a certain No. 1-overall pick in the draft.

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Erie's Connor McDavid is pictured during OHL action between the Windsor Spitfires and the visiting Erie Otters at the WFCU Centre, Thursday, March 19 2015.
Erie’s Connor McDavid is pictured during OHL action between the Windsor Spitfires and the visiting Erie Otters at the WFCU Centre, Thursday, March 19 2015. Photo by Dax Melmer /jpg

2: The McDavid connection

It’s one thing to play against Connor McDavid every so often. It’s another to have to practice against the superstar every day.

That’s what Dermott had to endure for three seasons as teammates on the Erie Otters. In 2015 they were part of an Otters squad that lost to the Oshawa Generals in the OHL final.

At the time, Dermott talked about what it was like to have to face McDavid every day, telling the media that it helped develop his defensive game.

“I think everyone gets a little nervous or excited when you have McDavid coming down on you in practice, but it’s great for learning,” he said. “You’re playing against an NHL-caliber player, so it’s kind of nice getting to play up to that level and seeing how you cope with it.”

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Tyler Motte of the Vancouver Canucks goes down to block a puck from Travis Dermott of the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 5, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The Canucks defeated the Maple Leafs 6-4.
Tyler Motte of the Vancouver Canucks goes down to block a puck from Travis Dermott of the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 5, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Canucks defeated the Maple Leafs 6-4. Photo by Claus Andersen /Getty Images

3: Good underlying NHL stats

Dermott has been a depth defenseman for the Leafs since first joining the club in 2018, with the 25-year-old having played 251 NHL games in his career.

The Newmarket, Ontario product has 12 goals, 40 assists and a career plus-28 rating with the Leafs. This season, Dermott has scored one goal and assisted on four others with a plus-4 rating.

Crunch the numbers a little further and the portrait of a useful, two-way defenseman begins to emerge.

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Never mind coming to Vancouver with a palatable US$1.5-million contract that runs through the end of next season.


Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott (23) battles for the puck against Vancouver Canucks forward JT Miller (9) during the second period at Rogers Arena.
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott (23) battles for the puck against Vancouver Canucks forward JT Miller (9) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin /USA TODAY Sports

4: COVID ‘hit me in Vancouver’

When COVID ran rampant through the Leafs dressing room in December, Dermott wasn’t spared.

Spending time away from the rink in isolation was a challenge for him, both mentally and physically. But it was one night in Vancouver that he got “a little ugly.”

“COVID hit me in Vancouver, and then it was a couple of days’ adventure trying to get back (to Toronto). Then from there I actually felt pretty good. So, it was just one night for me in Vancouver that was a little ugly,” he said in December. ““Hopefully now that I’ve had it, I can be good for a little bit here.”


Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott (23) battles for the puck with Montreal Canadiens forward Mathieu Perreault (85) in the first period at Scotiabank Arena in October 2021.
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott (23) battles for the puck with Montreal Canadiens forward Mathieu Perreault (85) in the first period at Scotiabank Arena in October 2021. Photo by Dan Hamilton /USA TODAY Sports

5: He’s an LGBTQ ally

Like it or not, Vancouver is a pretty progressive hockey market.

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That being said, Dermott should fit right in.

The defenseman has made it clear he is an LGBTQ ally.

“I have some family that is involved in the LGBTQ community,” Dermott said in October, via ESPN NHL reporter Kristen Shilton. “So I’d like to step forward and in the future take part in supporting them more vigorously.”

Dermott has represented Pride at times with rainbow tape on his stick.

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He was also one of many NHL players who supported Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop when he publicly came out in the summer of 2021. Prokop is the first active player under NHL contract to say he is gay.

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