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#271 Guest_Dasein_*

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 03:04 PM

Very hard to be excited about him when we have re-stocked at the center position with grade A prospects like Horvat and Shinkaruk (and Gaunce). He's been pushed down the depth chart over the last two years, and that isn't good.

I haven't lost hope for him though. I think he could be an NHLer - I just don't know if he has a future with the Canucks. We already have an undersized center in Schroeder, and he's much better offensively at least than Friesen.

Slow and steady. It may take him a couple years, but I think he will make the NHL one day - most likely with another team.
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 03:53 PM

Very hard to be excited about him when we have re-stocked at the center position with grade A prospects like Horvat and Shinkaruk (and Gaunce). He's been pushed down the depth chart over the last two years, and that isn't good.

I haven't lost hope for him though. I think he could be an NHLer - I just don't know if he has a future with the Canucks. We already have an undersized center in Schroeder, and he's much better offensively at least than Friesen.

Slow and steady. It may take him a couple years, but I think he will make the NHL one day - most likely with another team.


this is pretty much it. I think he can fill a role for the comets, and in due time, maybe he's an nhler. but he has guys developing ahead of him on a faster up-tick. his skill set suits the bottom six better than schroeder, though he's years behind him developmentally.
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 06:48 PM

That's a stretch to compare him with Gerbe or Marchand; Nathan was nearly a point per game guy in the AHL and was a Hobey Baker finalist (Top Collegiate Men's Hockey player). He's also known to have a very strong build and great speed which allows him to excel despite small size. Brad also dominated the Q while he was there and has been a clutch playoff guy throughout his career. Hopefully Alex can become lite version of Mike Richards or Brian Gionta, or even Darren Helm. Would love to tout a p.p.g. guy (not saying that he's not hardworking) but in junior stars DO tend to explode offensively. Who knows though, maybe he'll be our next Alex Burrows?

You call it a stretch to compare him with Gerbe and Marchand yet you hope that he becomes a lite version of Mike Richards or Brian Gionta?

Am I missing something?
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 06:51 PM

The interesting thing about Friesen is that he is a similar player to Shaw, played on the same team as Shaw, was a better player than Shaw, yet Shaw made the NHL before him.
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:18 AM

I still think Friesen will end up a lot like Scott Nichol. He's a fast, energetic defensive specialist that is great in the faceoff circle and plays bigger than his size suggests. The only thing that will hold him back in this type of role will be size.

In reality, if a 6th round pick (172nd overall) can play 600+ games, that would be a huge success.
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Posted 07 August 2013 - 12:40 AM

I think Shinkaruk was a winger and not a centre??

I know he is still behind Guance & Horvat though thats for sure.

Would be nice to see this guy turn out to be a solid 3rd / 4th line centre but he is more of a long shot
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:15 PM

Had high hopes for Friesen after his last year in junior. How has he looked in Utica?
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:19 PM

Looks like a solid echl call up
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:25 PM

Had high hopes for Friesen after his last year in junior. How has he looked in Utica?


I think Friesen will be one of those guys that doesn't make the NHL till 25 if he does make it.

He seems to be struggling to find his game the last few seasons. I think it's because he could play his aggressive style game more effectively in junior when the size difference wasn't so great. Now that he's going up against bigger stronger players, he can't have the same impact.

For him to make the NHL he's going to have to make it as a 4th line agitator/defensive specialist IMO.
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:44 PM

Had high hopes for Friesen after his last year in junior. How has he looked in Utica?


Was hurt in preseason and came back last week, played in a couple of games and got hurt again last game. He looks small but plays with energy but needs to stay healthy.
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 04:52 PM

Thx for the update UH
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:04 PM

He may be on the smaller side standing at 5'10'' but he plays bigger than he really is. A spunky player, very much reminds me of Andrew Shaw.
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Posted 04 April 2014 - 05:33 PM

After struggling to find his game at the AHL level, Friesen has really started to pick things up.

 

He has put up 9 points in his last 12 games (3G, 6A).

 

If he can continue to play like this next season, we may see this guy get some call ups in a couple years.


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 10:53 AM

Thanks for the update and bump, DeNiro. Kinda forgot about Friesen and its good to hear he appears to be getting his pro game on track.

I always liked his attitude and compete level. Needs that edge to makeup for his size.

I still love that he was cheeky enough to wear #99 during his ECHL stint with the K-Wings (he's back to wearing #8 with the Comets, IIRC).
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Posted 05 April 2014 - 11:09 AM

Hopefully he ends the season with confidence.


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 12:32 PM

Good to see. Utica will have serious depth next year


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 04:37 PM

He has really picked up his play as of late and is now +3 on the season. Did he move up a line?

He is already 23 in his second pro season, chances of making the NHL are nil to slim but he could become a good minor league player/call-up next season if he keeps his game at this level.

Interesting comment about Andrew Shaw, never knew that. As 18 year olds Shaw only scored 11 to Freisen's 23 on the same team, only 6 months apart. Funny how Shaw has maintained very similar numbers in the OHL to AHL and then to the NHL. Tom Sestito score 42 goals in 60 games his last season in the OHL lol.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 06:24 PM

2 Goals and 1 assist tonight.

 

He's really on fire at the right time for the Comets. He has also found really good chemistry with Lain and Welsh.


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 09:47 PM

Wow big game for Friesen! 12 points in his last 13 games, amazing run for him.
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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:54 PM

16 points since March (19 games) for Friesen


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 05:58 PM

Did I mention this guy was finally figuring it out?

 

18 points in his last 21 games down the stretch! Talk about stepping up for the team when they need him.

 

I really hope this guy can carry this play over to next season.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:17 PM

there has been so little to be excited about when it comes to young players and the canucks - lets just hope something works out.

 

I have seen so few young players come in and make an impact within their first few years, that it just feels like it will never happen for us.

 

Naslund, Bertuzzi, the sedins, keeler, burrows - it felt like an ice age had gone by before they became impact players

 

even chicago has guys that are not even drafted that high come in and make an impact - shaw, saad

 

for the love of God would it be the worst thing if the canucks won the cup? please!!!!


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 11:17 PM

there has been so little to be excited about when it comes to young players and the canucks - lets just hope something works out.

 

I have seen so few young players come in and make an impact within their first few years, that it just feels like it will never happen for us.

 

Naslund, Bertuzzi, the sedins, keeler, burrows - it felt like an ice age had gone by before they became impact players

 

even chicago has guys that are not even drafted that high come in and make an impact - shaw, saad

 

for the love of God would it be the worst thing if the canucks won the cup? please!!!!

Dude, what?


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 01:59 AM

Dude, what?

 

Yeah... kind of an odd thread to post that...

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what Friesen can do next year! 2 points in his first 34 games, 18 in his last 20. Amazing turnaround.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 02:54 PM

Can't wait to see him play this season


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 08:31 AM

Can we show some love for the forgotten one?

 

I thought Friesen played really well yesterday. Great on the forecheck and very physical for his size.

 

I think he had a tough time last year adjusting to the pros as a little guy but got better in the latter half - maybe something clicked for him and he figured it out. I'm hoping to see him play well in Utica. A long shot because of his size, but liking his compete a lot.


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 08:52 AM

he had a good hit there (in the second i think, maybe first) even made the highlights.


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 09:00 AM

I've always been very high on Alex Friesen.  One of my favorite prospects we have.  Most fearless player we have in the prospect system.

 

Always plays bigger than his size suggests.  I hope management gives him a serious look.  


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 02:17 PM

Thought he played well but he's going to be in tough to ever make the big club. You never know but he has career AHL'er written all over him.


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 03:39 PM

good to see him pick up where he left off at the end of last year in Utica.
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