Bertuzzi can play hockey at a high level. I don't think a guy that can play in all situations is typically a goon in today's sense. He is, of course, capable of some goonery, but are we really trying to bring up Bertuzzi as a comparison to Westgarth in this conversation? As long as Bertuzzi isn't being an [email protected] he's as much a goon as maybe Dwight King... And I'd say less than Nolan. (I'm not trying to call any of these players goons, just comparing for discussion's sake.) Bertuzzi has really toned it down from what I've seen since he was allowed back in the league.
By the way, Nolan is a big kid and I would like to hear from an observer if he has put on some muscle over the offseason. He seemed to be very willing to throw last year and I would only expect more of that as he matures. #Beast
Good luck to Westgarth; I always rooted for him out there. But he ain't gonna be missed. Sorry, but not really. This team is awesome!
Nolan broke his hand fighting the 1st game of the season while playing for the Monarchs, he's been back playing for a while but per Nolan and Mark Morris, the hand isn't 100% yet.