What assumptions, if you don't what to be mocked then post with more insight; why do you think he will not be anything more than a 3rd liner? what do you see in his limited time in Van that leads you to believe your assumption; his skating, his passing, his postitioning on the ice ect. Give some insight that you know how to evaluate a player! Because I have seen small samples of spectacular from Kassian, sorry if you were unable to see the same, but he does have a lot of upside and a lot to learn.
Kassian will be a player who really will not have a tag on him as a first, second, third or fourth line player. he will be a player who can play any where in the line up. When he is playing good he will be on the first line. When he is ok he will get shifts with the second line and third. When he goes into a slump he will get third and fourth line shifts. Once he has reached the top of his game he will be considered a second line player who can play on the first line and bottom six.
He assumed that I was one of the people who were calling hodgson a bust. This is a forum where people can share their thoughts and opinions, why do I have to know how to evaluate a player? I'm a fan not a scout.
Anyways, I've watched a lot of buffalo games this past season as I had pominville and ehrhoff in my hockey pool. Kassian got called up around november(maybe early december I can't remember) and looked pretty decent. He was throwing his weight around and was hard to knock off the puck. After about 5 games or so he kind of vanished. He started getting more ice-time but wasn't really doing anything with it. No driving to net hard or anything, just playing a passive game. He even got time on the second line, with all the teams injuries that were taking place, and just couldn't do anything with it. As the season went on his minutes went down again and then the trade deadline came and he came to vancouver. Other than maybe 2 games, he was average or virtually non-existent.
Now the thing that bugs me about him is that if he was truly what everyone on here thinks he is why did buffalo trade him? A great future power forward is much harder to find than a playmaking center. Buffalo had tyler ennis who could have fit in the 2nd line center spot.
I realize that he is young and might just need time to get used to the NHL. I have to admit he looked really good in the beginning of the season. However, sometimes you just have this gut feeling about a person and that tells me he is going to be 3rd liner. That is why, to me, it is so annoying rreading these posts about how he needs a few more years to be the next bertuzzi as my gut tells me it's not going to happen. This is why I can't wait till a few years go by and people can move on as to me they are just wasting their time thinking he is more than he is.
I can't stress enough how much I hope I am wrong, I do not want him to fail I just see him failing(even though playing on the 3rd line isnt realing failing).