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The hard part of being a Canuck prospect is you either need to be a top 9 forward, or a PK specialist to get a spot on this team. Travis loves his PK guys. 

Motte, Beagle, Schaller, Eriksson, Sutter all PK. 

If Bailey is jumping in on the 4th line he's taking out a PK guy, for what is hopefully slightly better 5v5 play. 

If Bailey Pk'ed like Motte does, we could have a great combo there. Those guys are both really quick, with good shots. 

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virtanen has speed too but nit took time, hard love and time in the minors to get him to where he is now. he is still a work in progress but trending towards being a useful productive player. bailey has some good tools and shows great promise but the coaches see him in all situations and until they have full confidence in him, he’ll be used sparingly and brought along slowly.  hopefully there is a place for him going forward. being good on the farm doesn’t always translate to the nhl. 

same goes for macewen and lind. 

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The league is so much faster. With Motte injured Bailey adds the fore check quality we've needed.

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Virtanen has had to begin to agitate and drop the gloves from time to time and Bailey may have to add some of that to his game. He is big so some expectation that he can go when called upon but fairly lean. Every once in awhile he puts on a burst that makes you raise your eyebrows ala McDavid or Mackinnon. He might want to trade a bit of that for some more heft if he can develop more anticipation and game sense with time in the NHL. I recall him scoring against the Canucks a few years ago for Buffalo and I seem to recall a thicker player back then. 

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Its not all up to one player to agitate. Adding both Mac and Bailey adds to our swarm mentality. Keeping up a full court press type of pressure from each line. Causing more offensive zone time, creating turnovers, and taking some of the fore checking load off our vet checkers.

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