There is something to be said for having something to prove. As a fifth-round pick (No. 151) of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2001 NHL Draft, Bieksa did not begin his professional hockey career with much hype, but the Grimsby, Ontario, native established himself as a strong all-around defenseman.
A bit undersized for a shutdown defenseman at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, the Bowling Green University product has a good shot from the point and will get physical along the boards or in front of the net. Bieksa's all-out style has contributed to injuries, though he remained an instrumental part of the highly successful Canucks teams that qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs seven times in nine seasons between 2007 and 2015.