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#211 Joel Heyman

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:20 PM

Ice Dogs with a 2-1OT win. Freezer pointless
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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:10 PM

Thanks for the updates, Hansen 36. I imagine that Friesen will start cooling off offensively. He had a great series against Brampton but even junior he's a defensive player. As long as he's playing a key defensive role for the IceDogs and putting up decent points, I'm happy.

Like I said before, I think we can expect Friesen to play for the Wolves next year. The Canucks don't have many strong centre prospects so unless the Canucks or Wolves sign other centres next year, I think Friesen has a good chance of making the roster full time.
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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

Thanks for the updates, Hansen 36. I imagine that Friesen will start cooling off offensively. He had a great series against Brampton but even junior he's a defensive player. As long as he's playing a key defensive role for the IceDogs and putting up decent points, I'm happy.

Like I said before, I think we can expect Friesen to play for the Wolves next year. The Canucks don't have many strong centre prospects so unless the Canucks or Wolves sign other centres next year, I think Friesen has a good chance of making the roster full time.


At Freezer's age he has to be putting up a pretty good point clip. He is definitely putting up a few more points than expected though, which is great.

Another cool thing to note is that he only has 8 PIMs, whereas in the season he had 106 in 62 games. Looks like he understands when to play disciplined.

Only seems natural that he & Archie will play together next year.
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:52 PM

Friesen had no points and was +1 for the Niagra IceDogs in a 5-2 win in Game 3 of their OHL semifinal series against the Ottawa 67's. The IceDogs now lead the series 2-1.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:02 PM

Friesen scored the eventual series clinching goal on a deflection vs Ottawa tonight.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:14 PM

Friesen scored the eventual series clinching goal on a deflection vs Ottawa tonight.

http://www.ontarioho...b456f954b0e4376


After that game, Friesen is 4th in OHL playoff scoring with 8 goals, 13 assists, 21 points in 15 games and is in a 3 way tie for the team scoring lead with Ryan Strome and Freddie Hamilton. Pretty impressive considering the vast amount of talent on that IceDogs squad.

Friesen and the IceDogs will now play the London Knights for the OHL championship and a trip to the Memorial Cup playoffs.
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:33 PM

Friesen's team won game 1 of the OHL finals, and he had 1 assist in their 3-2 OT win.
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:38 PM

Wonder if there's space under the contract limit to sign this kid?
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:18 PM

From the way he's playing, we will make room to sign him a contract.

Friesen is the only player in the franchise that is having any playoff success this season, and he's having a major role and impact for his team. If they go on to win the OHL championship and possibly the Memorial Cup, and Friesen is doing major work as the shutdown guy, then we need to give him a long look.

This guy is could be our 3rd line center in Chicago next season doing major shutdown work.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:10 AM

From the way he's playing, we will make room to sign him a contract.

Friesen is the only player in the franchise that is having any playoff success this season, and he's having a major role and impact for his team. If they go on to win the OHL championship and possibly the Memorial Cup, and Friesen is doing major work as the shutdown guy, then we need to give him a long look.

This guy is could be our 3rd line center in Chicago next season doing major shutdown work.


This kid's hockey IQ is through the roof. He has a serious grasp of where other skater's momentum is taking them and where best to move the puck. He is really reminding me of Dave Bolland during this run.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:12 AM

http://www.ontarioho...c3852e32de229fc
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Lies. He's more of a Steve Bernier. Hopefully his talent level goes up so he can become like a Taylor Pyatt.


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Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:48 AM

This kid's hockey IQ is through the roof. He has a serious grasp of where other skater's momentum is taking them and where best to move the puck. He is really reminding me of Dave Bolland during this run.

Or even a guy like Eric Wellwood.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:23 AM

This kid's hockey IQ is through the roof. He has a serious grasp of where other skater's momentum is taking them and where best to move the puck. He is really reminding me of Dave Bolland during this run.


That's what I like to hear about a player - hockey sense is probably the biggest factor when I look at a prospect.

This also bodes well for MG's evaluation methods - Friesen scored the highest in IQ tests out of all the candidates they looked at back in 2010.

We could be on to something here. Which is why it generally takes at least 5 years to evaluate a new GM's drafting ability, and looks like it's starting to bear fruit with at least one pick.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:40 AM

Or even a guy like Eric Wellwood.


That's a good comparison as well except Wellwood is a better skater but in terms of seeing the game, bang on.
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Lies. He's more of a Steve Bernier. Hopefully his talent level goes up so he can become like a Taylor Pyatt.


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Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:41 PM

he had no points but was a +1 in game 2, which they lost 5-3
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:36 PM

Is it a 5 game or a 7 game series in the OHL final? I can't remember.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:38 PM

Is it a 5 game or a 7 game series in the OHL final? I can't remember.

7 i believe.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:48 PM

Is it a 5 game or a 7 game series in the OHL final? I can't remember.

7 i believe.


Without a doubt it's 7 game.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:25 PM

Ice Dogs lose game #5 4-1 (Friesen 0pts -1) and trail the series three games to one. Game six goes Friday on Sportsnet.
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Kassian.... Taylor Pyatt 3.0

Lies. He's more of a Steve Bernier. Hopefully his talent level goes up so he can become like a Taylor Pyatt.


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:09 PM

Just read on TSN that Friesen's Ice Dogs lost the OHL Finals to the London Knights tonight.

Too bad he and his team couldn't pull out a win and go on to the Memorial Cup.

Great season nonetheless for Friesen. He really got his name out there this year.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:15 PM

He's not signed by us right? Hope it gets done soon. I think this guy has potential to be a useful player one day.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:24 PM

No shame in losing to the Knights, that team is ridiculously stacked.

It's gonna be a battle of the titans between them and the Sea Dogs.
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:33 PM

I want to see the remake of this, with Vancouver and Edmonton jerseys this time around

exactly what i was thinking
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:36 PM

http://bleacherrepor...-c-alex-friesen
great article on the kid. this guy's doing articles on almost all Canuck prospects. so far he's done McNally, Westerholm, Sauve, Archibald, Sweatt, Tanev, Rodin, Schroeder, Kassian, Connauton, Lack and Jensen. he told me he's gonna do about 8 more i think
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:55 PM

BTW, if Gillis is really interested in adding Friesen to the fold then he has to get him signed to an ELC tomorrow. I was browsing around and came across a list of unsigned CHL prospects whose rights will expire if not signed by June 1, 2012. Friesen was on that list for Vancouver, as well as goalie Jonathan Iilahti and defenseman Sawyer Hannay. Hannay obviously will not get signed and, given the success of Eddie Lack and Joe Cannata, I doubt Iilahti gets signed either, although you can never have too many goalies in the system.

I was wondering why I've suddenly been seeing so many prospects being signed to ELC's lately and I was reminded that the deadline for signing 2010 draftees is coming up. Hopefully Gillis gets something done up tomorrow for Friesen. He looks like a potential gem and this organization needs more solid bottom 6 role players to come up from within the system so as to avoid paying guys like Manny Malhotra $2.5 million and trading valuable picks for guys like Maxim Lapierre and Samuel Pahlsson.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:34 AM

Alex Friesen was signed this morning.




CANUCKS INK DIMINUTIVE HARD-NOSED PROSPECT ALEX FRIESEN

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It appears that the Canucks have signed 21 year-old forward prospect Alex Friesen, who recently finished up his overage season with the juggernaut Niagara Ice Dogs, to an entry level contract. That's according to the Twitter account associated with Pro Vision Sports, a Toronto based agency that represents Friesen. The Canucks haven't issued their customary press release announcing the signing as of yet, but we'll update this post when they do.

Read past the jump for videos of a smaller dude absolutely destroying bigger guys with massive hits, and a bit of analysis.

Friesen was selected by the Canucks in the sixth round (172nd overall) in the 2010 entry draft. While he lacks prototypical NHL size (he's listed generously at 5,10), in other ways he's a model "Mike Gillis player." Friesen earned "top Academic High School honours for the 2008-09 and 2007-08 seasons," and we all know Gillis likes his prospects smart, was a third team OHL All-Star this past season, and was widely recognized for his performance by OHL Eastern Conference coaches in their annual poll. Jeff Angus summarized the impression Friesen has made on coaches at the OHL level earlier this season:


"Friesen was selected by the coaches as the top faceoff man in the conference (after coming third in the category in both 2011 and 2010). He was also named the top defensive forward, and the top penalty killer, as well. He was third on the list for the hardest worker award."


Friesen is coming off of a monster OHL season, in which he produced 71 points in 62 games and added 22 points in 19 playoff games, as the Ice Dogs made it all the way to game 7 of the OHL Finals (before losing to the London Knights). Despite his diminutive stature, Friesen likes to get his nose dirty and has developed a notorious reputation as a devastating hitter during his time on the Ontario Hockey League. Every time we write a post about Alex Friesen at Canucks Army, it's customary that we embed this video of that time Alex Friesen absolutely crushed Taylor Hall:



Sorry we're not sorry.

Here's another highlight reel shift from Friesen. First he's sandwiched by two Sarnia Sting Forwards, but he gets up, gets in hard on the forecheck, absolutely drill a Sarnia defenseman and indirectly causes a turnover that leads to a scoring chance:



Superficially, Friesen's counting stats look promising (he led all Canucks prospects in NHLE production this past season) and his penchant for responsible defensive play and big hits are tantalizing. Generally speaking, however, if you're still playing Major Junior Hockey at age 21 - you're unlikely to ever make a significant impact at the NHL level. "Limited upside" aside, Alex Friesen has consistently demonstrated a level of intelligence, fearlessness and tenacity with his play and those are useful traits to have when you're trying to beat the odds.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 09:17 AM

Alex Friesen was signed this morning.





http://canucksarmy.c...ct-alex-friesen


Oh, well there ya go. I'm glad to get this guy signed. I wasn't aware of the accolades he received (top faceoff man in the conference, top defensive player in the conference, top penalty killer in the conference) and am even more pumped that he could develop into a great role player for the Canucks down the road. He scored above a point per game, which suggests that he might have enough offensive ability to be a 3rd line centre in the NHL, rather than a limited 4th line centre.

We shall see. What will be telling is how he does with the Wolves next year, if in fact that is where he plays. Hopefully he's not relegated to the ECHL.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:22 PM

Excited to see what Friesen can do against men at the professional level.

At this point, he is boom or bust IMO - which is everything you want from a 6th round pick, really. Most 6th round picks don't pan out, but the fact that Friesen even has a chance to do so is great. Nothing to lose for the Canucks here with this young man - either he pans out to be a good solid bottom 6 player, or he becomes a solid player and a leader in the AHL for our future prospects. Small, but he hits hard and plays hard.

I hope he can turn out to be an excellent 3rd line center for us in the future.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:23 PM

I wonder if the Canuks plan to move him to the wing at all and if he can play the wing. I'm not sure how great his chances are of becoming a bottom-6 shutdown center but I could see him develop nicely into a defensive specialist bottom-6 agitating winger.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:02 AM

Great news! Very glad Canucks've finally signed Alex. BTW, he dominated OHL with 68% wins in the FO circle. Hits hard, drops the gloves (7 fighting majors this past season), and, as coaches and Niagara's GM said he's "heart-and-soul" guy. Waiting to see him play against the men next season. I really hope that Alex is a late round steal for the Nucks.
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