Huge difference in Neal and Torres DeNiro. It would be a disappointment if he turns out to be a Torres. Neal I can live with. Neal brings a lot to a team but like I said I'm hopeful Kassian scores more than Neal. I think he will.
If Kassian turns out to be a Bertuzzi in his prime then Canucks win the trade. Bert was one of the best players in the league for a couple of years, until the "incident".
There's not as much difference as you think.
Both are physical players. Neil is obviously more physical, but Torres can throw just as big of hits. And of course Neil is tougher and more intimidating, and actually enjoys dropping the mitts.
But Torres has better numbers than Neil over his career, regular season, and playoffs. Not saying that I would take Torres over Neil, but the fact is both are third liners who provide physicality and a little bit of offense.
If that's our only goal for Kassian, then we should have never made the trade. But I have a feeling he'll be a much better player than either of those two.