WHERE DID HE COME FROM AND STUFF?
Born: April 4, 1988 in Montreal, Quebec
Dimensions: 5'10", 188 pounds. I could take him.
Drafted: In the 5th round by the Buffalo Sabres in 2006.
How did he come to Vancouver? On a plane. The Canucks signed him as a free agent on July 5, 2013.
Contract: 2 years left on a deal that pays him $700,000 this coming season and $800,000 the next. It is a 1-way contract.
Did You Know: His younger brother Danny Biega is also a right handed defensive who has played a few games for the Carolina Hurricanes.
HOW HE MADE THE SQUAD THIS SEASON
After playing 6 games to start the season in Utica (1 point), the Canucks recalled Biega on November 8, as Chris Tanev was going down with a minor injury. He'd play that night against the Devils in a 4-3 ) OT loss and that was it for him for almost a month. Tanev returned right away and young guys like Ben Hutton and Matt Bartkowski were given the slots on D. Also, the offensive
powerhouse named Yannick Weber. He was sent back down to Utica on November 13.
He was called back up again on December 1, playing at that time in the place of Ben Hutton. This time he'd stay with the big club, for the remainder off the season. He didn't play every game, as he was a healthy scratch a lot of times given the juggling act of coach Willie Desjardins. Speaking of Willie, he did say this about Biega earlier in the season:
"He competes hard, he is aggressive all the time. I like that in him. He is excited to be up here, so he brings some energy. I think he has been a good fit."
Huh. Well I guess what he doesn't like about him is that his name is not Paul Coffey? I have more opinions on that but first let's see what his stats looked like:
-11 in 51 games played hey. Well that's because he had dead-weights as defensive partners. Biega can do no wrong. He is a rock back there.
The advanced stat gurus have it pegged that a CORSI-FOR% above 50% means the team was controlling the play more when that player was on the ice. Well, Biega scores a 46.5% here. But don't let that deceive you. Only 8 Canucks players scored 50% or higher.
But you are going to have to allow me to skip the advanced stats because a) I hate them because b) I've got other stuff to do. Oh and c) it's a team game so why penalize a guy when perhaps the other 4 players on the ice were f*ckups? So let's look at his meat and potatoe (normal people) stats.
I DON'T HAVE NERDY GLASSES STATS
-Biega averaged 15:28 of even strength ice time per game, which ranked him 9th on the team with players that played 10 games or more. You know where this is headed: his special teams time on ice stats will be low. Ready?
-He averaged 1:04 icetime per game on the PK (14th on the team). Fitting. See below (blocked shots).
-13 seconds averaged time on ice on the power play. He's not an offensive defenceman we all know that.
-Biega's 11 minor penalties taken ranked him 11th on the team.He never fought or had a major penalty against.
-Biega likes to hit. That's a big reason why I like him. He's a bulldog. If you would average hits per games played he'd finish just ahead of Jake Virtanen. See?
-9th on the squad with blocked shots.
-His giveaway / takeaway stats rank him mid-lower pack on the team.
Biega is a bottom 6 defenceman in the NHL. He's the 6-8th defenceman on the depth roster, notably on a rebuilding team. Even so, he's alright. How many times did you curse Biega's name this season for making a shit play? To me, this is a reliable defenceman that slots into that 6th position on defence. He brings the grit that the team sorely lacks. What say you?