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Poll: Can Alex Friesen be the Canucks version of Brad Marchand? (135 member(s) have cast votes)

will alex friesen ever be a full-time nhler

  1. yes (70 votes [51.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 51.85%

  2. no (65 votes [48.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.15%

is brad marchand a fair comparison to friesen

  1. yes (25 votes [18.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.52%

  2. no (110 votes [81.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 81.48%

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#1 Southpop45

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:03 PM

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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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:05 PM

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:sick: makes me sick to think that someone in our prospect pool could turn into the next Brad Marchand.... whose career is he going to try to end when he makes it to the pros?

Edited by CanucksFanMike, 07 September 2012 - 08:19 PM.

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#3 Dion Phaneuf

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:09 PM

I'd be thrilled.

Edited by A1 CANUCK, 07 September 2012 - 08:09 PM.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:09 PM

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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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:10 PM

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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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:19 PM

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marchand wouldn't be as succesful without chara and lucic protecting him....he may have some great skill but all the anger he causes players to have wouldn't really be possible if he doesn't have someone to scare other players away..

Edited by erbiy74, 07 September 2012 - 08:22 PM.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:32 PM

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Wouldn't want a Canucks version of that piece of garbage.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:39 PM

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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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:48 PM

i hope he can become more like mike peca

hope we can see this sometime in the future, only with canuck and oiler jerseys on

Edited by mrsasaki, 07 September 2012 - 08:49 PM.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:57 PM

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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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:13 PM

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:sick: makes me sick to think that someone in our prospect pool could turn into the next Brad Marchand.... whose career is he going to try to end when he makes it to the pros?


Hopefully Marchand's.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:23 PM

marchand sucks..... dont even try to compare him to a canuck
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:37 PM

He was a 21 year old junior last year. Is he gonna play for the Wolves this year?
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:37 PM

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.

Edited by The Brahma Bull, 07 September 2012 - 10:38 PM.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:49 PM

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.


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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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:54 PM

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.


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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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:58 PM

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.


We dont need to aid Friesen. After he takes out Marchand we can just let him draw penalties.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:58 PM

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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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:00 PM

i hope he can become more like mike peca

hope we can see this sometime in the future, only with canuck and oiler jerseys on

I think that's a more apt comparison. Friesen might not have the same upside as Peca, but is closer to his style: that being a smaller but physical player who can play a two-way game. Marchand has those qualities too but is a cheap rat on top of it.

I did say yes to him being a full-time NHL'er, but only because it's a possibility. Maybe not with us considering a number of the other centers we have in the system, but I think he could be a reliable bottom 6 guy.

Edited by elvis15, 07 September 2012 - 11:04 PM.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:03 PM

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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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:03 PM

I don't want us to have a "Brad Marchand" on our team...
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:32 PM

Would be nice if Friesen became player like Marchand but don't think so . Don't get me wrong hate Marchands guts but can't argue he has got some pretty good skills. I doubt Friesen has that kind of skill set. It's a matter of time before Marchand gets what's coming to him.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:36 PM

Minus the dirty BS, which is basically Burrows.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:38 PM

I like how all of you talk about how you wouldnt want such a player on your team.
So what exactly have we had on our team?
Burrows
Kesler
Lapierre
Torres
Cooke
Our versions.

Others in the league are such as Steve Ott. (who we dearly wanted, but whined when we played against him about how much of a dirty player he is)

Stop being hypocritical, Marchands a guy you'd hate to play against, love to have.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:45 PM

Some of you need to look at the bigger picture. Marchand is not only a dirty player but a legitimate scoring threat everytime he's on the ice. A player like that would thrive in our bottom six such as Torres.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:11 AM

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I look forward to watching him destroy Taylor Hall in the NHL too.


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:15 AM

i hope he can become more like mike peca

hope we can see this sometime in the future, only with canuck and oiler jerseys on


Peca was a helluva player - 50 goal 113 point scorer in his last year of junior. Don't believe that Friesen provides that kind of offence.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:54 AM

If I had the power I would trade for Marchand and sit him on the end of the bench until he was mentally beaten and then I would send him to the lowest form of hockey possible.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:18 AM

If I had the power I would trade for Marchand and sit him on the end of the bench until he was mentally beaten and then I would send him to the lowest form of hockey possible.


If I had the power I would just give him an elbow and knee combo and watch him suffer with concussion and ACL tear, though your idea is not bad as well.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:32 AM

Why the hell would we want a player like Brad Marchand?
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