Iain MacIntyre discusses Brad Isbister’s performance as a Vancouver Canuck.
“He was a powerful player (6-4 and 230 pounds) knocked often for not playing a powerful game. Isbister was Taylor Pyatt with more mileage and less ability, and the Canucks were fresh out of Sedins to help resurrect another career,” said MacIntyre.
But MacIntyre notices that this year is different. So far, “he had three memorable shifts [this season]: Two when he used his size and strength to draw penalties, and one when he lasered a shot off the post two seconds before Pyatt shinned in the rebound”
MacIntyre said, “On the basis of that performance, Isbister is practising this week alongside Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund and is expected to start on the second line - and first power-play unit with Daniel and Henrik - for Friday's home game against the Los Angeles Kings.”
“This says something about Isbister and a potential mix of size and skill that intoxicates hockey teams the way the dream of striking gold - no matter how remote - mesmerizes prospectors for a lifetime.”
Coach Alain Vigneault said, "He's maybe a little bit like our team; you see flashes of really good skating, power forward, going to the net and getting the puck out. He needs to put it all together just like we need to put it all together. Him, Mo and Markus, that might be a fit that works."
Got game, needs polish
Gary Lawless announces that Mason Raymond is back from Manitoba Moose and carries the potential to be great.
“The 22-year-old Calgary native has the skating speed to turn defencemen into pretzels and the appearance, abs, icy blue eyes and wavy brown hair, that turns heads. If you go for that kind of thing,” said Lawless.
“Raymond has shown at times he doesn't look out of place at the NHL level and we're guessing he could switch careers and find himself a starring role on The Young and the Restless. Just one of those guys with lots, well let's admit it -- everything going for him.”
"Mason is blessed with above average skills in terms of acceleration, vision, quickness and things like that," said Canucks vice-president Steve Tambellini. "For Mason, it's just games. Playing in important situations, the last minute of periods and games and experiencing the pro game."