I'm sure Cooke fought in junior too.
It's a little different in the NHL though. When you hit a guy with a big hit, you usually have to answer to the other teams enforcer, who's alot bigger than you. We'll see if this guy still backs himself up at the NHL level.
And as far as being a Mike Richards type player, physically maybe, but I wouldn't expect him to be much of a factor offensively. If he's a clutch goal scorer like his profile says, then I'm fine with that.
I should have elaborated a little more...
Mike Richards type player in the sense that he is not a huge guy but will hit anything that moves and will back it up even if he could get his arse handed to him, a team first guy that does what it takes to win, good leader, handles himself well, plays his best when it matters and these are all qualities that Richards has...
Thus the Richards comparison minus the offense, but could see Alex being a guy that puts up 30-40 points in his prime
He was picked over 100 spots back from where Richards was in a less deep draft year so obviously he isn't going to have the same upside, but has some good qualities in common
And if he turns out to be an Ian Laperriere great! I would take him any day of the week over that little gutless rat Matt Cooke, at least Ian backs up his actions and so will Friesen
If you are familiar with Derek Dorsett on Columbus, I compare him to Friesen but Alex with more skill and less tendency to fight every night...but good do whatever you can to win leaders, which has Alex still projecting to be a good third liner that could push into the top six in his prime like Burrows has
Edited by ballsdeepfreeze, 26 June 2010 - 05:14 PM.