on the cycle Posted February 28, 2015 Share Posted February 28, 2015 http://senators.nhl.com/club/m_player.htm?id=8474605 This is an interesting case. I always thought this guy was a highly thought of player but It seems Ottawa has been scratching him often and is now their #7/8 defenceman. Despite his underlying numbers suggesting he is a legitimate top 4 defenceman he is being buried by this franchise. I pose this idea because he's a big (6'5") defenceman who shoots left, skates well, and has good offensive tools. He is only 24 years old and we are in need of left denfence. He is a local boy and is similar to Cody Franson in terms of style of play.http://www.behindthenet.ca/nhl_statistics.php?c=0+1+3+5+4+6+7+8+13+14+29+30+32+33+34+45+46+63+67&ds=1&f3=PATRICKWIERCIOCH&f1=2014_s+2013_s+2012_s+2012_p+2010_s He does get high OZ% starts against low QOC. However his PDO has never been below 1000 this year he is sitting at 1012 so he has been consistently been playing better than his stats say he is especially since he is only averaging bottom pairing ice time just over 14 minutes a game. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-4OVkRVEAA1Ebr.png:large I pulled this off of CanucksArmy It appear that he is at the very least a #4 defenceman and a potential top 2 guy. I don't know why he has lost favour in Ottawa but I would love the Canucks to pick him up. I do believe even when the Canucks are healthy on the blueline they could really use this guy on the powerplay and for 5 on 5 possession and zobe entries (which is one of the canucks biggest problems). In conclusion I think this guy is one of the most underrated defenceman in the league. If you would like to take a look at Canucks Army to see what they say about him here is the link:http://canucksarmy.com/2015/2/28/canucks-trade-deadline-2015-does-trading-zack-kassian-make-sense. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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