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Can Alex Friesen be the Canucks version of Brad Marchand?

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  1. 1. will alex friesen ever be a full-time nhler

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  2. 2. is brad marchand a fair comparison to friesen

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with the signing of marchand today i started to take a good look at his stats along with style of play and i see a lot of things in common with canucks prospect alex friesen. same height ( 5'9 ) and same weight ( around 180 pounds ). same style of play, hard working checking agitator who just does not go away.

as much as marchand is hated around the league and especially here in vancouver, there is no doubt that he is a player everyone would love to have on their team. say what you want but a plus/minus of 25, nearly 60 point season and a guy who can get under anyones skin. that is someone you want on your team. dont get me wrong i hate marchand as much as the next canuck fan but if friesen can be anything close to what marchand is now then the canucks got themselfs a great player coming up.

now friesen is going to play in the ahl next year because he needs to prove that he can pay agaisnt men. but guys like marchand and camillari have proven that guys who are 5'9 can still play in todays nhl, so there is hope for friesen. what do you guys think can alex friesen be the next brad marchand and is that a fair comparison between the two?

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He plays a very similar style to Brad Marchand (minus the submarines). I don't expect him to make an impact at the NHL level however he does have the tools and commitment to make it.

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Marchand was a much more talented junior player than Friesen and there's really nothing to suggest that's going to change in the pros. Marchand's already a legitimate top-6 forward while Friesen would be lucky to fill a third-line center role in the NHL in his peak.

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Without Chara, Lucic and Thornton i guarantee Marchand would have already been beaten to a pulp by the entire Canucks and Chicago Wolves rosters.

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i hope he can become more like mike peca

hope we can see

sometime in the future, only with canuck and oiler jerseys on
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Brad Marchand is not a star player, when he has ever played in an allstar game?? No Alex Friesen can be better than Marchand and a cleaner player too.

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He was a 21 year old junior last year. Is he gonna play for the Wolves this year?

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I sure hope not. Marchand is an extremely dirty and extremely sneaky player. He has things well thought out and does things to hurt people and then tries to make it seem like some sort of accident. People like him don't belong in the league. I think he can be a solid hockey player, but when you go out and try to injure people like him and do it in such a sneaky underhanded way, you shouldn't be allowed in the league.

He's the type of player that no one will give a damn about if his career is ended.

(I am talking about Marchand). Similar to a magician. Very deceptive.

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I sure hope not. Marchand is an extremely dirty and extremely sneaky player. He has things well thought out and does things to hurt people and then tries to make it seem like some sort of accident. People like him don't belong in the league. I think he can be a solid hockey player, but when you go out and try to injure people like him and do it in such a sneaky underhanded way, you shouldn't be allowed in the league.

He's the type of player that no one will give a damn about if his career is ended.

(I am talking about Marchand). Similar to a magician. Very deceptive.

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Yes you are correct about Marchand. We can use a guy like him. I have been a Canucks fan for over 20 years. I'm at a stage call "Winning at All Cost".

But Friesen will likely never play a game in the NHL.

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Yeah, let a player like Marchand do his thing on this team and then watch Lucic, thornton and Chara come to his aid. Oh wait, we don't have them. AV won't even let Kassian fight.

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if any player on our team was like marchand, i would not be happy.

hes a little runt. hes good but he's dirty.

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i hope he can become more like mike peca

hope we can see

sometime in the future, only with canuck and oiler jerseys on

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As said earlier, Friesen does have the potential to be that in-your-face Agitator style, but he isn't anywhere near as dirty as Marchand (even if he did take out an opponent team's goalie last season, causing a forward to have to play in net and he was ejected from the game), he compares more to Mike Peca, little bit smaller but just as gritty and perhaps more agile on his feet.

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