My expectation is that when a team is expected to be a top contender for the cup that their roster is made up of capable players who can give us the opportunity to win. Kassian was not even close to being NHL ready last season. He was a waste of a roster spot, nobody can make me believe otherwise. The fact is that the kid wasn't that good in the regular season and was even less impressive in the playoffs (to the point where he was benched repeatedly before finally being scratched in game 5). If Kassian doesn't make the cut he should be in the minors until he is capable of playing at an NHL level. It was pretty clear early on that he wasn't ready to play in the NHL and yet he was given ample opportunity to prove himself and fell flat every time.
When its obvious what changes need to be made and they aren't made it is beyond frustrating. Kassian wasn't sent down because doing so would make the organization look bad for trading an upcoming star for a barely capable player who isn't ready to play in the NHL. He wasn't the only problem with our roster this year but he was drain on any line he played on in the same way Raymond is often argued to be. That's not to say this won't change next season, but I highly doubt he will pan out. If a player is habitually underperforming and there are any number of players that can play his role better he does, the player needs to be dealt. I'll give Kassian the benefit of the doubt and see how he performs next season but I have a feeling that I'm not wrong.
The kid should be playing for the Wolves, the Canucks have better players in their system than Kassian that should be given the chance.
Does it completely escape everyone that he really never had a chance to get acquainted with our systems and playing in Van? I mean, really now. How many players, coming over at the trade deadline, can just slot right into their new team without a hitch? (Hint: d@mn few) Especially as a 21 yr. old kid who has never even played a full season in the NHL.
Good god people, give him a chance to train with us all summer and go through training camp before you pass judgement. Chr!st, even Kesler and Booth need to work together in the off-season, and they had most of the year to figure stuff out, but during the season you really never have much time between games to even practice basic systems, never mind adjust to a new team.
I can almost guarantee that Kassian was told to just be defensively sound, and get a feel for things. He cant develop his own style and be comfortable playing here until he can allow himself to relax and not be worried so much about fracking up a game for his new team.
Edited by JRem, 04 May 2012 - 11:07 AM.