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#1 AllCanucksAllTheTime

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:03 PM

I just read a piece on Curtis Lazar on NHL.com and it got me thinking about how much he reminds me of Ryan Kesler ( hopefully minus the injuries :P ). He is listed as #26 on the North American midseason draft rankings and that seems right about where the Canucks are headed. I think would be the right piece to bolster out center position for the future, and if either Gaunce and Schroeder somehow blossom into a 1st liner then Lazar can move over to the wing as he is comfortable there as well.

Aside from either a miraculous cup run that gives up the 30th pick, or a bombed season and we end up top 10, I think Curtis Lazar is the way to go for the draft.

Anybody Agree/Disagree?

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Lecavalier had a terrible season and was flamed into submission for his poor play.

 

Yet, only 1 player on the Canucks scored more goals than him. That 1 player had 5 more goals (6 more points) but played 8 more games, averaged 6 and a half more minutes of ice a game, and took 107 more shots on net.

 

Kind of speaks volumes to how ugly the Canucks play was this past season.

 


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:05 PM

Most overrated prospect in the 13' class imo

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:30 PM

reports have it that he's more of an offensive player, then a 2way player like Kesler. He's also not as big, although quite physical, not the same beast mode like Ryan Kesler. Apparently he's more of a Jeff Skinner type according to some experts.

Most overrated prospect in the 13' class imo


based on what? Some scouts had him in the 2nd rounds. Hardly overrated. I will love to see this B.C Boy get drafted by the Vancouver Canucks.

Edited by MoneypuckOverlord, 27 March 2013 - 06:17 PM.

 

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:48 PM

To me Lazar plays with all the grit and determiniation of Kesler with the potential for a better offensive side. That being said, If Gaunce can improve his footwork we've got a solid defensive center. So between the two prospects I think we have Both ends of the ice covered.

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Lecavalier had a terrible season and was flamed into submission for his poor play.

 

Yet, only 1 player on the Canucks scored more goals than him. That 1 player had 5 more goals (6 more points) but played 8 more games, averaged 6 and a half more minutes of ice a game, and took 107 more shots on net.

 

Kind of speaks volumes to how ugly the Canucks play was this past season.

 


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:51 PM

Most overrated prospect in the 13' class imo


I don't think so. I know the whole family and I'm his younger brothers teacher this year. He is an extremely mature, level headed kid who shows tremendous leadership abilities. I don't think he'll have kesler's offensive upside, but I think he has all the tools to be an excellent NHL player and leader. Though I don't think he'll produce like Kesler, I do think he is a much more unselfish player than Kesler.....the kind of player that makes his team mates better, not worse.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:11 PM

Most overrated prospect in the 13' class imo

I don't think so. I might be a bit of a homer as he played at my school for a year but he defiantly has the potential. He won't be a superstar but he could become a useful second line forward.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:27 PM

I'd have no objection to picking him. Sounds like he has a lot of good qualities. Unless Zadorov (unlikely I know) or another big RHD is available, he sounds like a solid pick.

Bonus: He's from the Interior and could bring the Cup here when they win :bigblush:
Edit: Put up some decent points in the playoffs last year

Edited by Vicky, 27 March 2013 - 06:34 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:49 PM

there wont be a player like ryan kesler EVER

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:00 PM

not a very appealing comparison imo. That means we have to wait 6 years for Lazar to break out, have a couple good years, then be as frail as glass by the time he's 28.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:11 PM

If there is a pure offensive, potential first-line center, I would rather take them. We've already got Gaunce and Schroeder, although I am aware of the whole "best player available" mentality. Obviously you're gonna take the best player but the Canucks don't have that pure offensive center in the system.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:57 PM

I don't want another Ryan Kesler drafted in the 1st round. We already got 2 pretty good 3rd line center prospects in Kellen Lain and Brendan Gaunce

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:46 AM

Don't forget that Lazar can also play the wing! and aside from Kassian and Jensen we don't have any top wing prospects..

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Lecavalier had a terrible season and was flamed into submission for his poor play.

 

Yet, only 1 player on the Canucks scored more goals than him. That 1 player had 5 more goals (6 more points) but played 8 more games, averaged 6 and a half more minutes of ice a game, and took 107 more shots on net.

 

Kind of speaks volumes to how ugly the Canucks play was this past season.

 


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 02:29 AM

there wont be a player like ryan kesler EVER


Mike Richards?

Pretty much the same guy.. Except.

Kesler's shot > Richard's shot
Richard's passing > Kesler's Passing

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:17 AM

Mike Richards?

Pretty much the same guy.. Except.

Kesler's shot > Richard's shot
Richard's passing > Kesler's Passing


Richards has had much more success than Kesler and broke out much earlier than him as well.

I would even throw Jordan Staal and Patrice Bergeron in that category as well.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:07 PM

Not a freaking chance he gets close to Kesler. This is the problem, OP, with forming an opinion of a player from print.... you need to see him play. I've seen a lot of Lazar live and that comparison is way off.

Lazar is not anywhere near a skater that Kes is and doesn't have the body type to play a similar type of game. A closer comparison would be Bozak with a bit more defensive conscience. Lazar is more of a 'Swiss Army knife' type of player but without great scoring upside.

He's going to be a decent prospect, and possibly a good locker room guy, but he will not be a star in the NHL IMHO.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:47 PM

Not a freaking chance he gets close to Kesler. This is the problem, OP, with forming an opinion of a player from print.... you need to see him play. I've seen a lot of Lazar live and that comparison is way off.

Lazar is not anywhere near a skater that Kes is and doesn't have the body type to play a similar type of game. A closer comparison would be Bozak with a bit more defensive conscience. Lazar is more of a 'Swiss Army knife' type of player but without great scoring upside.

He's going to be a decent prospect, and possibly a good locker room guy, but he will not be a star in the NHL IMHO.


So kinda somewhere between Burrows and Ebbett?

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:52 PM

I'm just hoping that Ryan Kesler becomes the next Ryan Kesler. Here's hoping!

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:54 PM

Not a freaking chance he gets close to Kesler. This is the problem, OP, with forming an opinion of a player from print.... you need to see him play. I've seen a lot of Lazar live and that comparison is way off.

Lazar is not anywhere near a skater that Kes is and doesn't have the body type to play a similar type of game. A closer comparison would be Bozak with a bit more defensive conscience. Lazar is more of a 'Swiss Army knife' type of player but without great scoring upside.

He's going to be a decent prospect, and possibly a good locker room guy, but he will not be a star in the NHL IMHO.


not a great goal scorer? Strange as hes one of the teams best goal scorer. He's apparently compared to Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes.

 

Well, I , I feel very good about this draft, but I, I think, potentially you know were gonna have 3 or 4 NHL players out of this group, ummmm, you know like we are not going to prejudice to were they are from.

 

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:59 PM

I don't want another Ryan Kesler drafted in the 1st round. We already got 2 pretty good 3rd line center prospects in Kellen Lain and Brendan Gaunce


Lain is more of a 4th line guy, and Kesler isn't a 3rd line center.

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