“I played against (Marchand) in the American League. He’s not a fun guy to play against but you can ask anybody in that league and they’ll probably say the same thing about me. I feel that helped Boston out a lot, just him doing that, getting the high-end guys off their game. We have very similar styles. But I think I can be a lot more physical than him.”
At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Pinizzotto is a couple of sizes bigger than the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Marchand and he doesn’t mind initiating.
“I’m not going to be a team’s heavyweight — that’s not what I do — but I definitely like to help the boys out,” said Pinizzotto. “I understand I need to fill a void. I like to get the crowd going. I’m not going to go in there and score 30 goals, but I’ll be a big energy guy. That’s what they want.”
Canucks assistant GM Lorne Henning said Pinizzotto has been on the Canucks’ AHL radar for two or three years.
“He’s a great skater, takes the body, goes to the net hard, great hands,” said Henning. “Every time we go watch him play he always sticks out. He makes things happen and guys don’t like playing against him. He’s been one of those guys who’s been knocking at the door and deserves a chance and he’s going to get a chance with us.”