Newly won forward Anthony Beauvillier wears number 72 with the Vancouver Canucks
We now know what number Anthony Beauvillier will wear on the back of his Vancouver Canucks jersey.
Beauvillier is now free from the rules imposed by Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello, who does not approve of his players wearing numbers above 40, and has chosen to wear number 72 with the Canucks.
Beauvillier earned No. 18 during his tenure with the New York Islanders. The 25-year-old forward spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career on Long Island before being traded to the Canucks in Monday’s deal for Bo Horvat — along with Aatu Räty and conditional first round draft for 2023.
The Islanders originally selected Beauvillier in the first round (No. 28 overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The 5’11”, 180-lb. The left winger made his NHL debut with the team in 2016-17 and set a career high with 21 goals the following season.
Beauvillier made his biggest impression with the Isles during the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring 14 goals and 27 points in 41 games in both runs. However, he took a step back in the 2021–22 season, scoring 12 goals and 34 points in 75 games.
In 49 games with the Island to open the 2022-23 season, Beauvillier had nine goals and 20 points. The Sorel-Tracy, Quebec product is under contract until July 2024 with an annual cap hit of $4.15 million.
Only two players have ever worn #72 with the Canucks: Travis Boyd and Peter Schaefer. Boyd appeared in just 19 games for the team during the 2020-21 pandemic season, scoring two goals. Schaefer finished his career with two stints in Vancouver, wearing four different numbers (15, 29, 72 and 18).
Beauvillier is scheduled to make his Canucks debut against the New Jersey Devils on February 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark.