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#31 ballsdeepfreeze

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:36 PM

First comparison I thought of when I took a look at the info on this guy was Matt Cooke.

Similar style players. Not the most talented offensively, but they'll come up with a goal when you need it most. This guy also loves to play an energy game and lay down the thundering hits.

If we've got another Cooker on our hands, I would be very happy.



A Matt Cooke that will drop the gloves...

Cooke so many times reminded me of a little rat that would nail guys but then run away like a little baby

Friesen will back up his actions and I think could be more of a POOR MAN'S MIKE RICHARDS with maybe little less offense but great leadership skills and a team first demeanor

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:39 PM

Cody Hodgson didn't go pro in a year, was he a useless pick? How about Ryan Kesler? Mason Raymond? You do know that players drafted in the later rounds are typically drafted with the expectation that they won't go pro in a year, right?



Because if he doesnt find a pro team to play for at the end of next year, he could be out of hockey.

There's no organizational need for a smaller version of Rick Rypien.

The next Rypien?? Burrows?? St. Louis???? Only time will tell, but the fact that he needs to have an OUTSTANDING year in 10/11 just to have a chance of staying in JR doesnt bode well for his future.

However, I would be elated to be proven wrong.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:44 PM

<br />A Matt Cooke that will drop the gloves...<br /><br />Cooke so many times reminded me of a little rat that would nail guys but then run away like a little baby<br /><br />Friesen will back up his actions and I think could be more of a <b>POOR MAN'S MIKE RICHARDS</b> with maybe little less offense but great leadership skills and a team first demeanor<br />

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.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:56 PM

Canucks 3rd pick: No. 172 overall, Niagara IceDogs of the OHL in 2009-10.


Vancouver scouts project him to be a tough, third-line centre down the road in the NHL.
He was was given the "Heart of the Team" award last season.
"He's a very hard-nosed player, really good on faceoffs," Gillis said. "He scored in the top-three in our psychological and intelligence testing.
"He's not a big guy, at 5-foot-10, but he's a very, very competitive player. Hard nosed, good skills, cans score goals."



http://communities.c...raft-picks.aspx

He was also named as the hardest working player in the Eastern Conference (as voted by OHL coaches)

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 04:32 PM

Okay I overracted on first glance....I'll admit it.


Please stop comparing a 6th round pick to Mike Richards though. Looks like an Ian Laperriere type of guy to me.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:01 PM

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

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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

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:48 PM

seems like a good gritty 2 way forward, hopefully he can pan out to be at least a 3rd line centre in a few years
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:49 PM

Every team needs role players like that,especially when they can contribute some offence as well.Could be a better version of Rypien,not as good a fighter but much more skilled and could be used on the PK and on a checking line.Good use of a late round pick to grab this guy,he sounds like he could be a good player even if it takes him awhile to develop in the AHL.
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Posted 27 June 2010 - 10:37 AM

Alex is SO clutch. Any regular Icedog watchers on this forum? They'll vouch.

He's like a combination of Rypien and Burrows, a small pitbull with some offensive instincts. He'll most likely never be a 35 goal scorer, but if he reaches his potential, he could put play 4th line and possibly top out as 10-12 goal third liner.
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Posted 27 June 2010 - 11:56 AM

ha this guy looks awesome! I'm stoked about our few picks this year
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Posted 27 June 2010 - 12:18 PM

Both those clips were golden! He's a pitbull in a chihuahua suit!
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Posted 27 June 2010 - 12:40 PM

im gonna guess in a few years hodgson will move up to centre the second line and kesler will move to wing and this guy will be our third line centre
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Posted 27 June 2010 - 05:20 PM

From the sound of things this kids compete level is thru the roof. Great late round pickup. Like it alot.
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 08:00 PM

Friesen is a character guy, through and through. I do not only mean fighting either. He won the OHL Academic award as a rookie, Humanitarian of the Year for Niagara last season and Heart and Soul award this season. PLUS, he was voted the Best Faceoff man in the OHL by the coaches as well as Hardest Working Player this season.

All that, and NHL Central Scouting did not even have him on their listing...

*Here is the article I just finished on him (includes some info on a head-to-head matchup with Hodgson):

http://prosportsblog...reight-unknown/


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Posted 29 June 2010 - 12:25 AM

the "freight" article sounds really interesting. Sounds like we found ourselves a future 4th or maybe even 3rd line centre in the next few years ago. If this guy comes as advertised, a Burrow's like work ethic and can provide some face-offs for us, this guy will be a keeper. The fact that hes got the cojones like Rypien picking on a 6'6 dude and holding his own also helps...definetely will track this guys progress
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 06:27 AM

Well, it certainly seems like he has been passed over in the previous draft and narly in this one as well. I happen to think that he has a nice career in front of him. A role player to be sure, but to be noted as the OHL's hardest working player is a nice commendation. The scoring and faceoffs are also a plus and I too will be keeping an eye on his progress.
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 07:24 PM

He's starting to remind me of Darren Helm...i hope i'm right.
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 08:14 PM

I watched Darren Helm play a lot in the WHL (esp. the Final in 2007 and Memorial Cup), he was/is an excellent player and is just starting to come into his own with the Red Wings. Interesting comparision K4C. However, I would see Friesen taking a little longer in the minors once he is a pro to get to the Canucks on a full-time basis.
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 10:56 AM

This is my favourite Canuck pick of the draft. I'm gonna be cheering for this guy all the way through, seems like the total underdog/late-bloomer type.
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Posted 23 July 2010 - 01:39 PM

article from cdc homepage....

Alex Friesen was living the dream.
Born and raised in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Friesen made his way through the junior hockey ranks before the OHL's Niagara Icedogs recruited his talents in the 2nd round of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection. Hometown boy playing for the hometown team; what could be better?

Things were moving along swimmingly for the 18-year-old, who waited with bated breath as the 2009 NHL Draft approached, a draft he anticipated being a part of. With the first few rounds coming to a close, Friesen didn't fret, he had 'late round flyer' written all over him.

No one saw the writing on the wall.

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Fast-forward to the 2010 NHL Draft and again Friesen was anxious to be picked, but this time wiser understanding not everyone gets drafted (see Brunelle, Jonathan circa 2010). This was his year though, much to his surprise and delight, and one of the hundreds of text messages he got while at home watching the draft provided the details.

"My teammate Mark Visentin (drafted 27th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes) was at the draft and he texted me before I even knew I had been drafted, before it was updated on the Internet or the NHL Network," laughed Friesen.

"Weird way to get the news, but getting drafted was all that mattered."

The Vancouver Canucks selected Friesen in the sixth round, 172nd overall, or as Visentin's text to Friesen likely read: You're going to Vancouver Freezer, Canucks just picked you!!!

"Not getting drafted in 2009 was disappointing, but it was good in that it gave me that extra motivation I needed. Finally hearing my name called, everyone wants to hear their name called at the NHL Draft - whoever tells you they don't is lying - was a huge relief."

As Friesen and his family look a long, deep, collective breath, so too did Vancouver's scouting department knowing that its third pick was a solid one.

After 15 years of dreaming the dream, Friesen had 10 days before he would realize part of it. The Canucks began Prospects Development Camp June 6th with 36 young guns calling Rogers Arena home for a week; poked and prodded and pushed and pulled and tested and tested and tested like never before, Friesen felt like he stood out like Alan Thicke at the 2010 ESPY Awards, but he wasn't alone.

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When the hockey bags were packed and everyone pounded fists farewell, the prospects went their separate ways, none riding higher than Friesen, a 5-foot-10, 189-pound tenacious centre and third-year Niagara Icedog who finished second in team scoring last season with a career-high 23 goals and 37 assists in 60 games and was named Heart of the Team and Hardest Working Player in an OHL coaches poll.

"This camp was amazing. This is my first taste of an NHL atmosphere and it was great. The practices were hard, workouts were hard and it just kind of gave me an idea and was a real eye-opener for what it's going to be like.

"I learned that it's going to take a lot of hard work like doing some of the longer bike rides and the Grouse Grind, it showed that it's going to take a lot of hard work to get to the next level; it's a real process."

If any of Vancouver's 2010 draftees knows how to dedicate himself and make the most of opportunities, it's Friesen. He scores thrilling overtime winners, throws his frame around (remember Taylor Hall?), holds his own when it's time to dance and takes a pie in the face like a champ.

No wonder Vancouver saw the writing on the wall.

"He's a very hard-nosed player, really good on faceoffs," Canucks GM Mike Gillis said of Friesen during the draft. "He scored in the top-three in our psychological and intelligence testing. He's not a big guy at 5-foot-10, but he's a very, very competitive player. Hard nosed, good skills, can score goals."

Posted Image Now back in Niagara, Alex spends his days working out alongside brother Gary, a forward with the Brock University Badgers, and sister Julia, a soon-to-be soccer player for St. Lawrence University. All three are pushing themselves to be in peak form come September and with the first-ever Young Stars Prospects Tournament on the horizon, Alex has added incentive.

"I think this camp was a little bit of a more relaxed atmosphere then it's going to be in September, guys will be fighting for jobs then and it's going to be intense. That's when you've really got to come out to play and play hard. It's my first time in a tournament like this so I'm just looking forward to showing what I have."

The Young Stars prospects tournament in Penticton, BC begins September 12. Tournament ticket packages are available online at www.valleyfirstTIX.com, by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or in person at the South Okanagan Events Centre box office. Single game tournament tickets will be made available in mid-August.


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Posted 24 July 2010 - 11:17 AM

<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=1rXGNCyQR6Q&amp;feature=related<br /><br />First Fight<br />

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 09:00 AM

Alex has 3 goals and 3 assists through his first 4 OHL games. Excellent start for him.

Here's a little write-up up his last game from an IceDog fan:

Saw Friesen last night.

Alex is still one of the hardest working forwards in the league. His speed is hard to contain and he's relentless in pursuit of the puck. He and linemate Andrew Agozzino have such good chemistry and the two of them are constantly creating off the rush. Interestingly enough, Alex is one of the only forwards I'd actually trust on the point of the powerplay. He's QB'd the Dogs powerplay for the past year and a bit. Tonight he made a great defensive play as Shawn Szydlowski came flying down the wing on the penalty kill (one on one with Friesen), but Alex angled him off the puck and negated a serious scoring chance. Friesen added a goal and two assists on the powerplay too. All the secondary scoring the Dogs have added is only going to help him have an even better offensive season than last year.


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Posted 04 October 2010 - 09:18 AM

5GP 3G 4A 7pts -2 2PIM now.
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Posted 04 October 2010 - 09:22 AM

I say we get more talent, and hire the muscle.
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Posted 17 October 2010 - 12:24 PM

Nice game on saturday for Alex,,,4 points,,,now has 14 points in 10 games.
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Posted 17 October 2010 - 09:29 PM

seems like hockey canada might want to give him a look if he keeps his points up. From the sounds of his play he would be an excellent 3/4 line player for the world jr team.
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 08:44 AM

10GP 6G 8A 14Pts 6PIM icedogs #1 in their division

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 03:01 PM

I could see a Ross/Friesen/Beck line being an excellent shut down/bang and crash line for Canada at the world Jr's

I hope the team Canada brass is watching him.
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 11:03 PM

GP  13
G    7
A   10
PTS 17
PIM  6
making a bid for the WJ's? I'd love to see him out there.
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 11:07 PM

How's Sauve doing on the Icedogs?
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