Eric Florchuk Scores Hat Trick For Vancouver Giants

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After a relatively quiet first half of the 2019-2020 season, Washington Capitals forward prospect Eric Florchuk was traded from the Saskatoon Blades to the Vancouver Giants on Thursday, January 9th. The move came after Florchuk had recorded 11 goals and 13 assists in 33 games with the Blades. On Friday night, Florchuk would record a hat trick with his new team, just eight days after being traded to the Giants. The hat trick was his second of the season and the second of his career.

Florchuk was moved from his usual center position to right wing on the top line on Friday night. Florchuk was primarily a center for Saskatoon, with some experience at left wing.

Fellow Capitals prospect Alex Kannok-Leipert was moved to the second defensive pair with the return of Bowen Byram from the World Juniors tournament.

Florchuk’s first goal as a Giant came in the first period of Friday nights tilt with the Victoria Royals, the first team he played for in the WHL. The tally came from the high slot off a corner feed from Milos Roman. Cole Shepard also assisted on Florchuk’s first goal as a Giant.

Florchuk struck again for Vancouver at 14:03 of the second period. Once again it was Milos Roman who stole the puck off a Royals defender behind their net before centering a pass to the front of the net for Florchuk.

Florchuk would complete the hat trick with an empty net goal with 14 seconds left in the game, as the Giants sealed the 4-1 victory.

Florchuk now has three goals and three assists in three games with the Giants. He met with the media following the game.

Originally selected by the Victoria Royals with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, Eric Florchuk has suited up in 226 career WHL games (Victoria/Saskatoon).

Florchuk recorded a natural hat trick earlier this season for the Saskatoon Blades on October 14th at the Saddledome in Calgary. All three goals came in the first period of the Blades 9-3 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. It was his first career hat trick.

The 6’2”, 182-pound center registered 51 career goals along with 82 assists for 133 points prior to joining the Giants. He’s added 100 penalty minutes and a +11 rating.

Florchuk has appeared in 12 additional playoff games, notching two goals and two assists in that span. This season with Saskatoon, Florchuk had posted 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 33 games. He now has 14 goals and 16 assists in 36 games played so far this season.

Florchuk was the second star of the night in the WHL.

In June 2018, Florchuk was selected by the Washington Capitals in the seventh round, 217th overall, the very last player in the 2018 NHL Entry draft.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Eric Florchuk Scores Hat Trick For Vancouver Giants

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Anchor Man! Dead last in his class, but a pretty good sniper. If Eric F. can learn to hit people and play defense, he may stick someday in the NHL
    Thanks for this prospect piece, Jon!

    I hope the Caps show up today vs NYI. They have a habit of going Daydream Believer on the final game before a vacation. Trotz’s team will be ready, and will smoke the Caps if they decide to sleepwalk through the game.

    $500/hr Future Hall of Famer Washington Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden tells us that Braden Hole-by is “reset” and will be in the Caps’ net today. Rah.

    • Anonymous says:

      They call that draft selection spot “Mr. Irrelevant” in the NFL draft. Flowzy is doing pretty good for last man called. Have to root for him.

    • Esteban says:

      Well……they slept through 2 periods…..but the Russian Bear got angry again.

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