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VANCOUVER CANUCKS (Away) VS. WINNIPEG JETS (Home) WHERE: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB WHEN: Wednesday, July 29th @ 7:30pm PST LINES: Other News: GO CANUCKS GO!!!!!!!!!
I have been wondering what Jake Virtanen can be used for since he can't really play in the top 6 role because he lacks the IQ for it and he certainly can't play as the third winger on a top 6 because he doesn't go and hunt for the puck like Roussel, Burrows or Jannick Hansen. Also, Jake doesn't really know how to use his 200 pound frame to protect the puck from the opposing team. The thing he can do well is skate straight really fast and sometimes past the Dman. But he doesn't crash the net so he doesn't really generate much scoring chances when he does. My suggestion is to put him in the PK role and have him kill some penalties and also maybe get some short-handed goals. Jake Virtanen speed can be a great benefit to the PK because he can always race off for a breakaway and his speed and size will force the High D on the offensive team to think twice about holding the puck for too long. Jake Virtanen can model his game over Micheal Grabner's in Coyotes and a season ago in NYR. Grabner had a-lot of breakaway chances and scored a good amount of breakaway goals on the PK.