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#241 Niloc009

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 09:50 AM

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.


Putting him at wing would be such a waste of his faceoff talents though. Maybe he could just take the faceoff and move to wing. That's always an option.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:07 AM


The Vancouver Canucks signed centre Alex Friesen to a three-year entry-level contract on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old forward had 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) and 106 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs this season.

The five-foot-10, 189-pound native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., was drafted by Vancouver in the sixth round (No. 172 overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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#243 keslerian one

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:19 AM

Considering he's an over-ager playing his 5th season in the juniors against boys in a stacked team, his numbers are not that impressive. IF he makes NHL, he would be one of the smallest guys. Not much upside here.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:27 AM

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:41 AM

I think there is like 5 of these threads now, in the future search before copying and pasting the announcement from the home page.

As for Friesen, I think we may have just burned a contract. He's an overager, he's on the small side, and to be honest I haven't really heard much about him since his draft. That's saying something since I follow prospects religiously.

Anyways all the best Friesen. If he doesn't make the Wolves he'll be released by this time next season.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:52 AM

A lot of these threads needs to be bumped in a few years from now. Too many people, who don't know anything are putting in opinions. Friesen will make the NHL.

http://forum.canucks...n-alex-friesen/

Just because he's an overager obviously means he needs to put up 2 ppg, and be a superstar. :picard: Some people just plain don't get hockey. He was the best forward for Niagara during the playoffs and they went to the finals. Who cares, he didn't put up 2 ppg in the regular season. Bust! :sadno:

Edited by Rey, 31 May 2012 - 11:56 AM.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:27 PM

Too many people, who don't know anything are putting in opinions.

Add yourself to the list.

Edited by dorrcoq, 31 May 2012 - 12:27 PM.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:01 PM

A lot of these threads needs to be bumped in a few years from now. Too many people, who don't know anything are putting in opinions. Friesen will make the NHL.


Evan Fuller and Dan Gendur say hi. Men that played with boys and ultimately went on to star on ECHL teams.

I'm routing for Friesen just like the next guy. Had it been the case that he was above 6' and put up point per game stats in his early OHL years then I would agree with you in saying Friesen will make the NHL. The reality is he is 5'10, and put up numbers while being 21 in a U-20 league. Burned contract.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:39 PM

Put yourself on the list as well.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:49 PM

Ohhh this is just like the very first thread on the top of the News releases on the Canucks homepage, except a lot less information.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:53 PM

all of a sudden a 21 year old is too old? 21 is still very young. I dont know much about him, but if wants to play in the NHL he will put forward the effort and ultimately make it. If you really want something, you will do all you can to get it.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:56 PM

If he works hard, I think best case scenario for Friesen is becoming a Mike Keane type player.

He'll never be a core center piece, but a necessary complementing piece for a championship team.

He's all heart-and-soul and skates really well and is smart with amazing work ethic. Cant' wait to see him in the AHL.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:47 PM

He'll most likely play on the 3rd line for the Wolves next year. Best of luck to Alex!!
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 03:15 PM

Just because he's 21 it doesn't make him 'OLD'. All you 13 year-olds who come onto this board and look at these players statistics or peoples age and have no other sort of input on young men like Friesen makes me sick. Don't classify him as being old just because he's a man playing against kids. Gillis knows more than all of you, so please, all of you, keep spectating as you wish...

Like Marchand, Alex Friesen's small, but feisty. He plays that role game where he kills penalties and shadows other teams stars. He'll be given an opportunity to play with the Wolves. Don't look at stats and immediately judge him. For god sakes, Nathan Gerbe is 5'5 and he's been a regular on the Buffalo Sabres for the last two years.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:39 PM

A lot of these threads needs to be bumped in a few years from now. Too many people, who don't know anything are putting in opinions. Friesen will make the NHL.

http://forum.canucks...n-alex-friesen/

Just because he's an overager obviously means he needs to put up 2 ppg, and be a superstar. :picard: Some people just plain don't get hockey. He was the best forward for Niagara during the playoffs and they went to the finals. Who cares, he didn't put up 2 ppg in the regular season. Bust! :sadno:


Rey ,What do you consider a bust? He was a 6th round pick. Not really a bust now is he! What he does in Major Jr and what he does in the pros maybe different. They're alot of players who's stats aren't that great still made an impact in the NHL.
Matt Cooke, Patrick Roy and to name a few. Just don't look at the stats Rey.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:00 PM

Rey ,What do you consider a bust? He was a 6th round pick. Not really a bust now is he! What he does in Major Jr and what he does in the pros maybe different. They're alot of players who's stats aren't that great still made an impact in the NHL.
Matt Cooke, Patrick Roy and to name a few. Just don't look at the stats Rey.


I think Rey was being sarcastic and referring to those who said Friesen is a bust...
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:57 PM

Considering he's an over-ager playing his 5th season in the juniors against boys in a stacked team, his numbers are not that impressive. IF he makes NHL, he would be one of the smallest guys. Not much upside here.


Jeeze, well I guess just because he was an overager, winning Best Defensive Forward, Best On Faceoffs, and 3rd in Hardest Worker in the Eastern Conference over all the other "Typical Overagers" as well as "Future Stars", or is he the only overager in the OHL? He may be an overager but this doesn't diminish his accomplishments.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:42 PM

All of a sudden 5"10 is too small? Hockey is a sport for everyone. Small guys can zip around big dudes and can dodge a lot of hits.

I'm rooting for this guy since we're the same height. And age. Screw "Bigger is better"
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

I can see him as a Jannik Hansen type player. He doesn't have amazing stats for an overager, but his work ethic is off the charts, he's incredibly strong defensively, plays bigger than his size and feisty.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:38 AM

If Friesen plays with the Wolves next year, could you imagine a line of him and Duco? Not a big line, but super quick and pesky.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:06 AM

If he works hard, I think best case scenario for Friesen is becoming a Mike Keane type player.

He'll never be a core center piece, but a necessary complementing piece for a championship team.

He's all heart-and-soul and skates really well and is smart with amazing work ethic. Cant' wait to see him in the AHL.


I honestly think he could be more than that. If he's an agitator like people suggest, I think he could develop into a slightly lesser version of Dave Bolland. Our own Dave Bolland type player would be a key part of the core. That's of course a very hopeful prognostication, though. We can only hope Friesen becomes that good.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:20 PM

I honestly think he could be more than that. If he's an agitator like people suggest, I think he could develop into a slightly lesser version of Dave Bolland. Our own Dave Bolland type player would be a key part of the core. That's of course a very hopeful prognostication, though. We can only hope Friesen becomes that good.


More than a NHL career of 1161 regular season games and 220 playoff games, 3-time Stanley Cup champion, and a brief stint as the captain of the storied Montreal Canadiens franchise? Leader and a winner in every regard.

I think Dave Bolland is realistic too, but I doubt Friesen could have as good a career as Mike Keane. Keane is the definition of depth piece necessary for a team to win it all - as he did it for 3 different franchises. I think Friesen can be that type of a player. Maybe he can become a core player, but I just don't think he'll be as touted as a core player.
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 07:11 AM

Agree with some of the previous posters.
Having a good bottom 6 is quite important.

Look at Detroit...
Draper-Maltby.......now Helm-Abdelkader

Success in drafting is having picks contributing, in whatever role it ends up being.
If Freisen ever makes this team. I'd be over the moon.
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 03:25 PM

We've got alot of potential bottom 6 role players that don't get talked about much.

Players like Friesen, Labate, Sweatt, Rodin, Grenier, Anthony, Archibald, Froshaug, Schneider, Matson, and Blomstrand.

It's unlikely most of these guys become NHL regulars, but there's potential for a few of them to become really solid role players for us in a few years.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:35 AM

We've got alot of potential bottom 6 role players that don't get talked about much.

Players like Friesen, Labate, Sweatt, Rodin, Grenier, Anthony, Archibald, Froshaug, Schneider, Matson, and Blomstrand.

It's unlikely most of these guys become NHL regulars, but there's potential for a few of them to become really solid role players for us in a few years.


If even just 3 of these ended up becoming regulars for us, I'd be ecstatic.

Friesen looks like he could be a very good 4C one day if all goes well. Excited to see him with the Wolves next year.
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:35 AM

Any who watched the wolves pre-season game care to comment on how Alex played?
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:59 AM

Jeeze, well I guess just because he was an overager, winning Best Defensive Forward, Best On Faceoffs, and 3rd in Hardest Worker in the Eastern Conference over all the other "Typical Overagers" as well as "Future Stars", or is he the only overager in the OHL? He may be an overager but this doesn't diminish his accomplishments.


Of course, this has to mean something, but...

Like Marchand, Alex Friesen's small, but feisty. He plays that role game where he kills penalties and shadows other teams stars. He'll be given an opportunity to play with the Wolves. Don't look at stats and immediately judge him. For god sakes, Nathan Gerbe is 5'5 and he's been a regular on the Buffalo Sabres for the last two years.


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?
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:14 AM

I'd just like to point out that Friesen had better stats than Burrows as an overager in Junior. With Friesen being much smaller and Burrows still ended up undrafted.

The guy is a tank. He's intelligent, and a ferociously hard-worker. If he gets some seasoning I'm confident that if he were given an opportunity he'd take it and run. I can definitely see him cracking the NHL, maybe not immediately, but he'd be a perfect third liner.
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:32 AM

Cam Charron has started Canucks Army's annual prospects rankings and profiles.

#20 is none other than Alex Friesen: http://canucksarmy.c...20-alex-friesen

Pretty good read.

#19 will be posted tomorrow

Edited by SID.IS.SID.ME.IS.ME, 05 August 2013 - 11:32 AM.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:22 PM

I think Friesen could make a big step in his development this season as a third line center on the Comets.

The Comets added David Pecan to the team who was a regular linemate of Friesen's in junior. Plus he'll likely be playing with Archibald again who was also a teammate in junior. I think that familiarity could go a long ways in helping him develop.

The thing about Friesen is that a big part of his game in junior was playing physical. It's alot harder to do that in the AHL as opposed to the OHL where there are alot of smaller players. That's why he's going to have to continue to bulk up and get faster to be successful. But from everything I've seen and heard, he's an extremely hard worker, so it's just a matter of time.

Like the article says, if he plays one game in the NHL it will be considered a success. This season will give us a glimpse of what that possibility will be though.

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