Higgins is such a good player until he gets within 5 feet of the net. Maybe the canucks can work him with the skills coach because he could easily be a 25 goal scorer if he could finish some of the scoring chances he generates with his speed and hard work.
His career average is 21 goals per 82 games. He was a consistent 25-goal scorer until he had a couple of tough years where he got injured and bounced around a bit. Unfortunately he does seem to have some durability issues. But then again Ballard and Hamhuis were supposed to be 2 of the most durable defensemen in the league, and look how that theory turned out.
I think a lot of people underrate Higgins and Samuelsson. If both are healthy next year that wouldn't be a bad 2nd line. I'd like to upgrade it if possible but the kind of players we're looking for don't just fall out of the sky. We either take a chance on someone like Gagne or Fleischmann, give up major assets in a trade or end up with another marginal 2nd liner.
Looking at the FA market, I really thought Higgins was the most ideal LW 3rd liner. He can PK, PP, move up and down the line-up. He hustles as much as Hansen and used his body a lot more than others on this team.
Let's hope he goes back to the skate protecters they made mandatory in Montreal. Likely would have saved his broken foot.
Not when you look at them in context. He was as proficient as Ryan Kesler at even strength on a much worse, less skilled Florida team.
30 even strength points is excellent bottom 6 production - Higgins should be able to do that opposite Hansen from the 3rd line.
Not to mention he's strong defensively and has a goalscoring upside rarely seen in 3rd line players.
Didn't Higgins produce a fair amount of that playing as a top 6 player for Florida? I don't see huge upside here, and would be a mediocre top 6 player because his hands aren't really there. He's a good bottom 6 player because he's a strong two way player. But I don't expect 30 points from him unless he gets some line time with Kesler, which I do expect.
Unfortunately, this might mean Raymond is a 2nd liner again. I mean, when he is healthy, and we do get a top 6 forward, where do you stick him in the lineup? He is clearly better than Higgins, though softer.
Glad to see Higgins back. With Raymond out and Torres seemingly on the fence coupled with Samuelsson's injury and end to his season it was important to get this depth for our forward group given he can seemingly play anywhere. He's an excellent foot soldier for this group.
Based on his Playoff performance you could be happy with this contract. However knowing how much he can suck from his Ranger days, I'm pretty sure quite a few Canuck fans will be all over him at some point over the next 2 years.