You should know that Kassian is more of a playmaking PF than a scoring PF.
His MO is to work the puck out and dish.
Sure. A lot will depend on his line mates much like what happened with Neal.
Plus PP time.
He's always been at a 1/3 goals to 2/3 assists ration and I don't think it's impossible he ends up maxing out at 20g and 40a.
Heck if Raymond can get 50+ then it's wry possible Kassian can.
Raymond's fast but he's hardly a scorer or a playmaker.
Ironically the day after we lost the Stanley Cup in game #7 (with Milan Lucic fresh in their minds) this place, and the entire city for that matter, was screaming for Gillis to get a powerforward for Kesler. So not only does Gillis go out there and grab a powerforward with a proven nasty side, but he gets a playmaking powerforward for a shoot-first-centre to boot and this place still complains!
Can someone explain how the draft works for Europeans regarding the NHL. I'm not clear on the protocols. Can a team spot a European and then just give him a contract?
It's the same for European skaters as it is for North American skaters, Bodee.
Right now he is lost because he knows the fans in Vancouver expect him to be very physical but he fancies himself as a offensive player first and foremost. He doesn't really know how to be an effective power forward at the NHL level yet and he hadn't even mastered the AHL before he was called up by Buffalo. He is young but I see a potential issue in that I don't think this guy really wants to play on a edge anymore. He did play and live on the edge in his junior days and found himself go over the edge too much (20 game suspension and arrest for bar fight). IMO, it changed him because he doesn't trusts himself so he makes a conscious effort to rein himself in.
Game#1 was an example. The penalty he took IMO was completely bogus but after that penalty Kassian pulled up on his potential hits. It seems like he is trying to figure out a way of playing physical without taking penalities and as a result I believe he is thinking way too much on the ice.
No sh!t he's confused by the refereeing 180 we've seen from two weeks ago to now. Not to mention fans like these putting him in an absolute no-win scenario:
He played something like 5 min 30 and got a penalty as well.
Not exactly a guy you can count on to scare the opponents into changing their antics.
No he isn't NHL ready and it sucks, because this guy was traded for the future not NOW, I care about winning a cup now not 5 years down the road when the likes of our core or slowing down, NOW NOT LATER, I'm sick of waiting it's been to freaking long to not win a stanely cup.
Then we turn our 3rd line into a shut down line, instead of keeping it a scoring line plus a bit of a shut down line, remember your only changing 1 player from the 3rd line, and that one player may not be the best defensive player yet, but having that ability to have a 3rd line to score in playoffs are you kidding me? Even if Cody Hodgson wasn't the best defensive player he didn't take many Penalties, and not taking penalties and keeping your team at even strength in my mind is better then Kassian who takes way more penalties, which makes it just harder on the whole team.
Cody Hodgson 20gp in Buffalo had 2 PIM
Zack Kassian in 17gp in Canucks had 31PIM
Who cares if Cody wasn't the best defensively, being short handed is WORSE.
These fans have no concept of what a good penalty vs bad penalty and a good call vs bad call is. Lazy hooks on neutral zone backchecks and hooking/tripping/highsticking penalties 200ft from your net are bad penalties. Hooks/trips/highsticks that directly stop a goal from being scored are good
penalties. Charging penalties that soften up defencemen and later on cause them to panic with the puck are worth it (not to mention the physical wear and tear over a 7-game war of attrition).
Penalties are going to happen in playoff hockey (it's a main reason why Gillis got Malhotra instead of Wellwood & Pahlsson instead of Hodgson). It's like these tools completely forgot how Chicago & Boston have won the last two Cups. Chicago took 95 minor penalties in 22gp, Philadelphia took 107 minors in 23gp in 09-10. Last year Vancouver took 111 minors in 25gp, Boston took 115 minors in 25gp. In fact, in terms of total pims/game Vancouver & Boston were #2 & #3!