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02-18-2013, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by opendoor View Post
But being physical or good at stickhandling if it doesn't actually lead to any positive results is kind of useless, especially when you're logging a lot of minutes. The Canucks wanted Kassian because they hope he can dominate physically and create room for his linemates which will lead to shots and goals.

There's something to be said for a wrecking ball type player on the 4th line who'll soften up the opposition and whose effect isn't necessarily felt on the scoreboard, but Bieksa being on the smaller side for a defenseman certainly isn't one of those guys. If his poor shot differential and possession numbers start to lead to a bunch of goals against then his other attributes aren't going to be much comfort.
Bieksa is forced to play a role he' not physically suited for. Another D-man, who plays like Bieksa, but is bigger, would be ideal. Then we would see Bieksa be able to play a more #2 pair role, where he is best suited.

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