Let it be known, this is officially the "bigtime" Antoine Roussel appreciation thread. Roussel is the man. I hear his name bashed all the time, it goes unwarranted and i'm completely sick of it. Travis Green needs to utilize Roussel who is itching to play. Against Minnesota, he was getting less then 5 minutes of ice per game. He was closer to 10 mins last game which is good to see. You need goaltending and you need to roll all 4 lines in the playoffs to be successful. Period. There is no other formula. I think Green does trust his bottom 6 and hopefully we will see a healthy dose of our checking lines from here on in. Washington is out because their coach would only use 3 lines while his counterpart Trotz rolls 4 lines and trust players like Clutterbuck and Martin. In the playoffs, these Claude Lemieux, Darren McCarty, Tom Wilson, and Matt Cooke type players are heart and soul guys you absolutely need to win with. Excellent skaters who often make the biggest hits, and can score the biggest goals at the most crucial times. They are hated as opponents, but every team loves to have them on their team. Enter Roussel, if deployed properly, makes this Canuck team feared and more playoff legitimate. Now, here is hoping Roussel doesn't go over the edge or fine line (like those players mentioned above) and take an unnecessary 5 min penalty or suspension because these type of players unfortunately also share that common characteristic. Roussel can honestly play on any line because that is how versatile he is. He is most effective on a 3rd line because he is an excellent skating, hard nose, physical performer. Every time he steps on the ice, I see him give 100%. I feel Roussel deserves recognition for his gritty, hard style hockey which goes completely unnoticed. He can score and fight. He has chemistry with Jake and can often provide spark when Virtanen is struggling. Right now he is playing with Gaudette and Sutter which clicked for that huge goal in game 6 vs the Blues. Do I want to see him on PP #2? No, but i think he can be used in a penalty killing role if needed. Side note: He was born in France, moved to Quebec at 16, went undrafted, just like Burrows and has similar work ethic like Burrows. He makes Maple Syrup and took university classes to craft his art and learn more about it. He is a true Canadian now. #26 Antoine Roussel This is him playing alongside Benn and Seguin. Im not sure what this French dude is saying but I think he loves Antoine Roussel more than me. Not the greatest highlight package but it shows his first goal as a Canuck in his first game. Go Canucks Go!!