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(Signing) Canucks Sign Alex Friesen

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It doesn't make sense how he was drafted in the 6th round.

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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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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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It doesn't make sense how he was drafted in the 6th round.

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Yes it does, the 6th round is prime career AHL territory.

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I think at best we could hope for a Jannik Hansen/Matt Cooke crossover type player from Friesen. If he does reach that I would still be thrilled considering he's a 6th round pick.

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This.No one should ever look at points for an overager as indication of future development. Any 20 year old who doesn't put up ppg in the CHL will probably never even get offered a pro contract in their life.

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6th round draft pick averaging ppg in 3 straight seasons, willing to drop gloves, plays physical. Not to mention he was a large reason why they made it to the CHL finals only to London scoring ppg in postseason. Say what you want but this kid has the tools and drive that could have him earn a spot on the big club in the future. Gillis would not have signed him if he was just some overage CHL player.

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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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The more I read about this kid, the more I like. When I saw we'd signed him I assumed it was a waste of one of our 50 contracts, but he appears to be a sound character, chippy, and very well-suited to the Canucks ethos. Let's hope he has a good camp!

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I get what you're saying but they're two different players with two different styles that play two different positions.

Friesen has put up good numbers in his overage season BUT nobody is expecting him to produce offensively at the NHL-level. If he does, great. But if he ever makes the NHL, it'll be as a defensive specialist/agitator like Malholtra or Bolland. Nobody here is expecting him to be the next Marchand.

Archibald on the other end, people are expecting him to be offensive and a physical force that plays in our top 9. Archibald's biggest problem is his inconsistency in play. He either dominates a game or is completely invisible. His offensive numbers in his overage season was looked as a coming out party, a 'he's finally putting together everything he has'

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Who cares if he just turns into a 3rd or 4th liner. I don't see a problem with that because most top teams have the ability to role all four lines. He's a character guy that works hard and gives it 100%, and does whatever it takes to win. He's exactly the type of core guys the Canucks need. Stand up guy, leader, and guys who demonstrate what it takes to win. You don't find these guys on trees, It was Alex Friesen who led the charge for the Niagara Ice Dogs in key situations. The Coach choose him over potential star in the making in Ryan Strome. You need these guys. He was named the best faceoff guy, defensive guy, and one of the hardest workers for a reason.

I have always hoped of having a Sergei Brylin type guy on our third line, an under appreciated unsung hero and core player. Though, Friesen is a bit different, if he comes anything close, I'll be happy. The Canuck's haven't had a guy, who stuck on the 3rd line in a while.

It's always those guys who know nothing about hockey, being the pessimists. "Oh Jeez, I don't know the guy so he sucks"

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Ever heard of a late bloomer before? Doesn't sound like it.

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