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03-16-2013, 03:04 PM
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Anybody have a list of rankings for college FA's? And where does he sit.

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03-16-2013, 03:05 PM
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ya I agree with Tiranis here, if we were on a Boyle path, he would of bad much better numbers, still a good pickup imo

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03-16-2013, 03:07 PM
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Boyle tore up college. Lain is going to be a huge, physical 4th line centre with little offensive upside. I'm not sure where people keep getting the comparison.
Lain hits...Boyle does not...Alberts tore up the NCAA as well..hahah

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Boyle tore up college. Lain is going to be a huge, physical 4th line centre with little offensive upside. I'm not sure where people keep getting the comparison.
Isn't that what Boyle is? At least he's been that this year.

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Anybody have a list of rankings for college FA's? And where does he sit.
Don't know of a full ranking, but Mckenzie recently said this years crop of college FAs aren't of the high-end talent but his top 3: Dan DeKeyser (D), Andrej Sustr (D), and Antoine Laganiere (RW).

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03-16-2013, 03:08 PM
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Can this kid fight?

What's his skating like? If he's got good wheels he sure will cover a lot of ice.

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Isn't that what Boyle is? At least he's been that this year.
Boyle also scored 62 points in 70 AHL games in his rookie season and had a 20 goal NHL season. This guy is not Brian Boyle offensively. Plus Lain is more physical and nastier.

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03-16-2013, 03:09 PM
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I have to be honest. I don't see much here. maybe a player that can play for the farm team. His points don't look like much for a guy his age.

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Don't know of a full ranking, but Mckenzie recently said this years crop of college FAs aren't of the high-end talent but his top 3: Dan DeKeyser (D), Andrej Sustr (D), and Antoine Laganiere (RW).
I'm not sure what FA college players have been high end

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Kellan Lain, Center, Vancouver Canucks (Lake Superior):
Lain is an older than usual Junior, a 23 year old who turns 24 in July. His main asset is his physical game, at 6′6′’ 222 not only is he tall and strong but tough as well. He’s a big center who can win battles and make opposing defensemen aware of his presence on the ice. He also skates at a decent level for a man his size. Lain doesn’t have a whole lot of offensive upside, notching 39 points over 108 NCAA games, but he does have some defensive value and I think he can stay at center at the pro level. He actually led Lake Superior in face off % this season, winning 56% of his 571 draws. That’s not a great sample, but it is nevertheless intriguing.
http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=339

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Boyle also scored 62 points in 70 AHL games in his rookie season and had a 20 goal NHL season. This guy is not Brian Boyle.
Fair enough. I was more so comparing him to what Boyle was doing this year, but whatever. Hope he can turn into a solid 4 th line centre.

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TSNís Bob McKenzie expects Lain to be one of the first college free agents to sign with an NHL team and it could happen as early as in the next 48 hours. The Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, and Phoenix Coyotes are among the other Western Conference teams interested in the centre.

Other college free agents the Canucks are reportedly interested in include right winger Antoine Laganiere, and defencemen Andrej Sustr and Shayne Taker. Sustr and Taker are both big defencemen with Sustr standing at 6í8″ and 218 pounds and Taker at 6í4″ and 196 pounds.

This was from the other day.
Crazy that I went to school with this guy, and he grew up in the same neighborhood.

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03-16-2013, 03:16 PM
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At 24 by the time next year rolls around you have to think management feels he's close to NHL ready. If Lapierre can't be re-signed, Lain could be plan B.

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At 24 by the time next year rolls around you have to think management feels he's close to NHL ready. If Lapierre can't be re-signed, Lain could be plan B.
Might be better off letting Lapierre walk and saving around 500-700k.

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Here is the link to the HF article on all the top College FA in 2013

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...-be-nhl-bound/

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Nice - a big, mean, dependable two-way center prospect. Nice FA signing - Lain mentioned in Twitter the other day that the Canucks had been after him for a while.

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Here is the link to the HF article on all the top College FA in 2013

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Stop mentioning Brian Boyle, while Boyle is an offensive player, he plays with the same physicality as Andrew Ebbett. From what I have been reading, Lain is a mack truck on ice and his teammates call him Bain. If he continues his progression, he can be the ideal 3C that every team covets in the NHL. 6-6 physical, two-way centers are a high commodity.

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Is it just me or does the obsession with size getting a little overboard now?

All the best to him, but not sure he has a whole lot of upside... though hopefully he'll be much better than Schneider, and the other Kellan.

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03-16-2013, 03:31 PM
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Might be better off letting Lapierre walk and saving around 500-700k.
I think it might depend on the playoffs. If lapierre goes beast mode like in the 10-11 playoffs, then he is still valuable to this team. If he is ordinary in the playoffs then I wouldn't mind letting him go. I still see him as a player that rises to the occasion during the playoffs though.

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If he joins the Wolves this season, I think it burns off a year of his contract IIRC. So its pretty much a 1 year contract if the CBA is still the same. Not much risk here.

And its pretty nice to have a player that is considered mean and physical in our prospect pool. An aspect that is severely missing. If he can be a better Schneider (not a tough job), its a positive.

A bit surprised we got him, sounds like a lot of teams were at least scouting him if not sending in an offer.

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03-16-2013, 03:34 PM
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I think it might depend on the playoffs. If lapierre goes beast mode like in the 10-11 playoffs, then he is still valuable to this team. If he is ordinary in the playoffs then I wouldn't mind letting him go. I still see him as a player that rises to the occasion during the playoffs though.
I would try to re-sign Lapierre regardless. If he accepts $1.25 mil or less, keep him. Center depth is valuable (as well all know), and he's a decent faceoff guy.

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When you want to improve team size, you need multiple acquisitions to do it. The better ones rise to the top, while the majority fail to live up to their potential. So size becomes a directive. Every pick/acquisition mud reflect that directive. Until you get to the point where it's no longer a concern.

I like that DET and ANA were after this guy. I tells me what I need to know about his ability to play. Beyond that, I'm also glad the Canucks landed a player that many teams were after. Good signing.

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Looks like a big boy: http://www.lssulakers.com/sports/m-h...in_kellan_ssm3

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