29-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Nathan McIver Contract Information:
Signed to a one-year, two-way contract by the Islanders in July of 2012.
McIver was waived by the Bruins on Sunday, the Boston Globe reports.
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The 27-year-old McIver played 41 games last season with the AHL Providence, racking up just one goal. He’s a depth blueliner for the Isles.
McIver had just three points in 60 games for AHL Providence this past season, but he did record 176 PIMs. While a call-up is possible this coming season we suppose, McIver is pretty much just an organizational depth guy.
McIver, who notched one goal and four assists to go along with 109 PIMs in 44 games last season for AHL Manitoba, gives the B's some blue line depth, and though he's likely to see most of his action with AHL Providence, he could be on the short list of call-ups when injuries hit the Boston defense corps.
McIver was traded from Vancouver to Anaheim in a mid-season deal last year, but decided to resign with the Canucks this offseason. He has split time between the NHL and AHL each of the past three seasons and appears headed in that direction again. With only one assist in 36 career NHL contests, McIver's place in fantasy would be in question even if he found a regular spot on the Canucks roster.
McIver was a beneficiary of injuries that riddled the Canucks' defensive unit last season, appearing in 17 games. The only value McIver holds is with his ability to rack up high penalty minute totals -- he had 52 PIM during his cup of coffee last year. The 23-year-old projects as a sixth or seventh rearguard and will have trouble breaking the Canucks' roster this season.
A big defenseman with some offensive talent, McIver needs to further develop his game in the minors. He also needs to add some bulk to his large frame, as he is currently 6'2" and around 190 lbs.