He hits, he shoots, and his sticks don’t break. Alex Biega has already shown he is an important piece to the Canucks gameplan right now. Injuries to both Alex Edler and Troy Stecher have created an opening for Biega, one that he has earned. His intensity is contagious and after an otherwise boring game against the Devils on Wednesday night, Biega kept challenging for the tying goal. Looking at the season thus far, it’s safe to say Alex Biega is the best Alex on the team right now. Of course, just saying that doesn’t automatically hand him the title.
Even though Biega has only played in five games this season, he’s already 4th on the Canucks in hits with 14, one ahead of Jake Virtanen who has played 11 games. It’s a bit of a reach as well with such a small sample size but his CF% at fives is 64.15, good for tops on the team. Biega has coach Green’s attention and to a greater degree, the fan’s as well.
‘Bulldog’ as he’s known to teammates and fans is a workhorse. He’s not a top four pairing guy but he’s versatile enough to be one when he’s asked. He seems to know when to pinch in the offensive zone and he’s creating chances.
Wow, Biega is running an ES shot attempt diff of plus-15 right now. Talk about fitting into Green’s system
— Omar A (@omarcanuck) November 2, 2017
Biega with two scoring changes. What is happening here
— Andy Cole (@AndyCole84) October 31, 2017
Whatever is happening is making people take notice of the Bulldog and if he continues his pressing pace, it might be tough to pull him out of the lineup when the injuries are all healed.
How does Biega stack up against his competition? Let’s take a look:
Alex Burmistrov – He had a good game with Brock Boeser awhile back but has gone back into oblivion. Nothing really stands out in Burmy’s game in a good way, same can be said for the bad stuff. He has 10 shots on the season which is essentially last on the Canucks. Edler has four shots and is still averaging more per game. Not the best Alex, not by a mile.
Alex Edler – The Eagle is noticeable when he’s gone but he hasn’t exactly been a threat when he’s in the lineup. His sticks break more than those flat toothpicks you get a restaurant you know is about to go out of business. The hits aren’t there and neither are the goals. With Alex Burrows gone, Edler isn’t even the best Alex.
Alex Mogilny – If he was available for even one shift, he’d be the best Alex. He’s retired so this is not possible. Still, could be in the running.
Alex Biega – This guy doesn’t quit. He’s the defensive version of Jannik Hansen minus the breakaways failed breakaways “best practice player” moniker. If the Devils game was any indication, Biega will be involved in the Canucks offense a lot more than the rest of the defense seems to be. Everyone has said if the Canucks put in the effort and make it exciting but still lose, it’s ok. Alex is doing all of those things and it’s safe to say Canucks nation is alright with this.
Winner by default, basically, is Alex Biega.
But seriously, how great would Mogilny be?
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