Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Consistency Is Key

When it comes to the free agent market, Dave Nonis has signed the good (Anson Carter, 33 goals, $1 million and Taylor Pyatt, 23 goals, $700,000) and the bad (Marc Chouinard, 4 points, $1.1 million and an eventual ticket to the AHL).

For $525,000, Nonis hopes Brad Isbister is more boom than bust (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province):

"You have to have some ability to play with those players," Canucks general manager Dave Nonis said Tuesday. "We've had some interest in him for a couple of years. He can fill a lot of roles and played with a little more edge the last few years.

"He has played at a pretty high level in this league, just not consistently and that's his biggest downfall. He's going to get every chance here to excel."
After a promising start to his NHL career - he scored 22 goals in his second full NHL season and 45 goals in the two seasons after that - Isbister has been one of the league's poster boys for inconsistency. In the last two seasons, he has a total of seven goals. More likely, Isbister will produce somewhere in between.

But more than giving the bottom-six the potential to contribute some offense, Isbister will add size to a small lineup. He's 6'4" and 228 lbs. Besides Marc Chouinard (insert joke here), and with all due respect to the Jeff Cowans, Alex Burrows and Matt Cookes of the team, no one from last year's lineup has his size, and definitely, no one has the overall physical game Isbister can bring.

He just needs to bring it more consistently.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 7:19 AM


At September 05, 2007 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pyatt's a pretty big boy...

At September 05, 2007 7:11 PM, Blogger Sixtyliner said...

I've been surprised by the number of Canucks fans excited by this signing. (No offense, J.J.)

This guy is Josh Green V.2, at absolute best. He doesn't BRING any size, he just replaces the 4th line size we lost when Greener inexplicably was allowed to walk.

For some reason, Isbister is still thought of as "promising". I don't get it....I don't love (or hate) Josh Green, but I'm kinda pissed he was let go just to be replaced by another hulking bust.

At September 05, 2007 8:33 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

No offense taken, sixtyliner.

I wouldn't say I'm that excited about Isbister, really. I do admit to being intrigued as to what he can bring.

I don't expect him to score 20-something goals, but at the very least, I expect him to score 10-15. Plus, because he is a big body (and because I have rose-colored Canucks glasses), I can actually see Vigneault giving Isbister spot time on the PP and getting him to park his ass in front of the net. If he can do that, clear some room for the other guys, and tip the odd puck in the net, I think he's done his job. (As an aside, the Canucks bottom-six got nine PPG last season and Trevor Linden scored five of them.)

About Josh Green... I was actually a big fan of Josh. I always thought of him as a good, versatile, veteran fourth liner and frequently commented about his play on the podcast. That said, I think Byron Ritchie will do just fine in his place. At worst, it's a lateral move.

I think Isbister more replaces Santala... and you have to admit that that's an upgrade.

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