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(Signing) Canucks Sign Alex Friesen

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Great to see Friesen signed. Does anyone else see something of the Rypper in him? From what I've seen, he's not the same fighter as Rypien, but he's a willing combattant, has decent skills, a heart of gold, hits all the time, and has the intelligence and defensive savvy all coaches desire. Looks to me like a future penalty-killing, faceoff ace, a locker-room leader, and a fan favourite.

Anyway, I guess we shouldn't read too much into the great season he had as a 21-year old playing against boys this year, but I just wonder if he might not surprise a few people and be NHL ready pretty soon. Or maybe he spends 2-3 years on the farm. But I'm sure thrilled to have a guy like this in the system who has the potential to centre our third or fourth line fairly soon. Who was the last third line centre we drafted? Kesler, I guess, but he was always destined to be more than that. Who else? Artem Chubarov comes to mind. Dave Scatchard, maybe.

I also wanted to say: What is with CDC and its failure to have current stats on Canucks prospects? I mean, we just sign this kid, and the latest CDC stats on him are from 2010-2011?

Then you go to the "In the System" section and you get nothing on any of our prospects. How hard is it to have updated statistics on these guys? I mean Jordan Schroeder could start the year centring our second line and you go to his profile and there's nothing from his three years at college, his three years of World Junior dominance, or his first two years as a Canucks' farmhand! What gives?!

Alright, sorry for the rant. Looking forward to seeing Friesen wreak havoc in a Canucks' uni!

And since CDC just gives us a press release, here's Canucks' Army on the Friesen signing:

http://canucksarmy.com/2012/5/30/canucks-ink-diminutive-hard-nosed-prospect-alex-friesen

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I know nothing about him. Hope he works out well.

I do know that Jeff Friesen was super fast on NHL 2K6. So fast was he, that he was always the first guy I would trade for in GM mode.

But I digress.

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Actually Kesler was originally projected to be more of a 3rd line, defensive centre when he was drafted.

Also, check out hockeydb.com if you want more up to date stats.

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Actually Kesler was originally projected to be more of a 3rd line, defensive centre when he was drafted.

Also, check out hockeydb.com if you want more up to date stats.

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Great to see Friesen signed. Does anyone else see something of the Rypper in him? From what I've seen, he's not the same fighter as Rypien, but he's a willing combattant, has decent skills, a heart of gold, hits all the time, and has the intelligence and defensive savvy all coaches desire. Looks to me like a future penalty-killing, faceoff ace, a locker-room leader, and a fan favourite.

Anyway, I guess we shouldn't read too much into the great season he had as a 21-year old playing against boys this year, but I just wonder if he might not surprise a few people and be NHL ready pretty soon. Or maybe he spends 2-3 years on the farm. But I'm sure thrilled to have a guy like this in the system who has the potential to centre our third or fourth line fairly soon. Who was the last third line centre we drafted? Kesler, I guess, but he was always destined to be more than that. Who else? Artem Chubarov comes to mind. Dave Scatchard, maybe.

I also wanted to say: What is with CDC and its failure to have current stats on Canucks prospects? I mean, we just sign this kid, and the latest CDC stats on him are from 2010-2011?

Then you go to the "In the System" section and you get nothing on any of our prospects. How hard is it to have updated statistics on these guys? I mean Jordan Schroeder could start the year centring our second line and you go to his profile and there's nothing from his three years at college, his three years of World Junior dominance, or his first two years as a Canucks' farmhand! What gives?!

Alright, sorry for the rant. Looking forward to seeing Friesen wreak havoc in a Canucks' uni!

And since CDC just gives us a press release, here's Canucks' Army on the Friesen signing:

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

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Freisen should turn out to be a good third/second line guy who can provide a big timely hit or goal, he is pretty good on the draw to, a well rounded player, he is just what MG and AV are looking for.

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Hits hard, plays hard, excellent defensively and is very intelligent.

Really looking forward to what this kid can do at the professional level against men.

Friesen could be an excellent 3rd line NHL center or a career AHL player - depending on how hard he works.

Hope he pans out! I have high hopes for him to someday make this team as the 3rd line shutdown center.

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Everybody else is bulking up on the 3rd and 4th lines and you guys are getting excited about a guy who is 5'10" and 186 pounds? LOL Typical. Can't wait to see how many call him a "great" player.

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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed centre Alex Friesen.

Friesen, 21, recorded 71 points (26-45-71) and 106 penalty minutes in 62 games played with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2011.12 season. Friesen, an alternate captain for the IceDogs, was named to the 2011.12 OHL Third All-Star Team.

The 5'10", 189 lbs. native of Niagara-On-the-Lake, Ontario, was originally drafted by Vancouver in the sixth round, 172nd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=633256&intcmpid=van-news-friesen

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Hopefully maxed potential gets a Mike Richards; If not then Ryan Carter or a lefty Cal Clutterbuck maybe? Still a solid energy guy at the least, but I'll be willing to see how he pans out

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The title only showed (Signing) Canucks Sign Alex...

I thought we signed Alex Edler to a long term contract.

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Pessimest here,

He will not be one of our top 12 forwards at any point. A point per game average as an overage player in the CHL is nothing to write home about, in fact it is actually quite low. He has some grit sure, but he isn't the type of player who could make a career out of being a grind it out player, he would need to have a scoring role to thrive. He might get the odd injury call-up every now and then, but don't hold your breath waiting for him to be a consistent player in our line-up.

At the very best, I could see him becoming a top 6 forward in the AHL, but he will never be overly significant to the Canucks.

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The title only showed (Signing) Canucks Sign Alex...

I thought we signed Alex Edler to a long term contract.

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Everybody else is bulking up on the 3rd and 4th lines and you guys are getting excited about a guy who is 5'10" and 186 pounds? LOL Typical. Can't wait to see how many call him a "great" player.

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Pessimest here,

He will not be one of our top 12 forwards at any point. A point per game average as an overage player in the CHL is nothing to write home about, in fact it is actually quite low. He has some grit sure, but he isn't the type of player who could make a career out of being a grind it out player, he would need to have a scoring role to thrive. He might get the odd injury call-up every now and then, but don't hold your breath waiting for him to be a consistent player in our line-up.

At the very best, I could see him becoming a top 6 forward in the AHL, but he will never be overly significant to the Canucks.

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Good signing, he put up good numbers hopefully he can make the Canucks eventually

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Everybody else is bulking up on the 3rd and 4th lines and you guys are getting excited about a guy who is 5'10" and 186 pounds? LOL Typical. Can't wait to see how many call him a "great" player.

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Kind of disappointed when I found out he was only 5'10, but you never know, he can turn out to be something decent.

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