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Strombone1

[Signing] Canucks sign Kellan Lain

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At 23 yrs old, and being that type of role player he is, perhaps he's not that far from NHL ready (if he does make it).

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Kind of agree with some people here, that size is being oversold. Lain is a good pickup as he could even out our 3rd or 4th line in 3 years. The canucks are missing a pure sniper, a player that can get open and finish the sedins cycle. most 6'5+ players are grinders.

I really hope we get out of this fantasy that size beats skill.

Size is great if the coach knows how to use it properly, LA's cup run is a perfect example. Also boston isn't really that big of a team on height and weight averagely. (26th and 21st respectivly). Vancouver is actually bigger (15,11) this is based off jan 2013 opening rosters.

http://mirtle.blogspot.ca/2013/01/2013-nhl-teams-by-weight-height-and-age.html

(to see the rankings)

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This could well be our lineup in 5 years time...

Jensen - Gaunce - Kassian

Raymond - Schroeder - Booth

Sedin - Sedin - Kesler

plug - Lain - plug

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This could well be our lineup in 5 years time...

Jensen - Gaunce - Kassian

Raymond - Schroeder - Booth

Sedin - Sedin - Kesler

plug - Lain - plug

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This could well be our lineup in 5 years time...

Jensen - Gaunce - Kassian

Raymond - Schroeder - Booth

Sedin - Sedin - Kesler

plug - Lain - plug

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This could well be our lineup in 5 years time...

Jensen - Gaunce - Kassian

Raymond - Schroeder - Booth

Sedin - Sedin - Kesler

plug - Lain - plug

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So the question is can this kid skate?

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At 23 yrs old, and being that type of role player he is, perhaps he's not that far from NHL ready (if he does make it).

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Talent Analysis

At 6’6”, Lain obviously has size. And he has used his size; strength and long reach very effectively in protecting the puck, stripping pucks from opponents and creating space for his teammates. One area where Lain really excelled this season was on face-offs, where he won 313 of the draws that he took. Lain is also a tough body to move, whether standing in front of the net or along the walls. He has great net-front presence and many of his goals this season have come on rebounds and tip-ins. He has shown a willingness to pay a price in front of the net too. Lain is a tough competitor that brings a physical element to his game. He can deliver some bone-jarring hits and is strong on the forecheck.

The greatest improvement in Lain’s development has been in his skating. His strides are now smoother and more powerful. He has added speed and is more agile on his skates. In addition, his feet have vastly improved as well. Lain does an excellent job of following and staying with plays, which has been further enhanced by his great stick work. He is defensively responsible, does a good job of killing penalties and is willing to block shots. While Lain saw time on Lake Superior State’s penalty killing unit this season, where he was even more dangerous was on the Lakers power play. Five of Lain’s eight goals have come on the man-advantage. Lain possesses hard, powerful shot and can get pucks to the net.

Don't know much about this guy, but he kinda of reminds me alot of Joe Thornton :rolleyes: If he can reach even a 1/4 of Thornton's level of play, I will be very happy.

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we should throw him in for a couple of games I want to see his face off skills...which he says is a strength

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