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Is Kassian Overhyped?

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Discipline is quite teachable, hard to tie that in to potential unless it affects their willingness to train, so I'm not worried about penalties.

I thought his skating looked pretty good, he does seem to need better conditioning in order to be able to use that skating for a full 60 minutes. He is in one of the best places in the NHL in terms of being pressured into improving his conditioning, so I'm not worried there either.

I also thought his puck movement was pretty good, but needs polishing. Can't really comment on blocked shots as I didn't notice that.

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under-hyped by fans

over-hyped my management

probably could be a second liner i don't think he is Bertuzzi in his prime caliber

on a unrelated note CBJ acquired Sergei Bobrovsky for 3 draft pics including their second

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If he can turn into a player along the lines of Chris Neil or David Clarkson with slightly more offensive upside, i'll be satisfied.

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Got to be patient with him. Unless your a star, power forwards will develop slower and like you said he is only 21. He put up good numbers in AHL last year before Buffalo brought him up and put him in a 3rd/4th line role

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I thought Pierre Maguire was over hyping him back in the WJC... all I saw from him was unnecessary penalties and nowhere near the skill of CoHo/Tavares/Schenn etc

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Kassian is probably over-hyped, but that's a function of being publicly identified as one of GM MG's targeted players for acquisition and what was a solid junior career.

My opinion of Kassian is that he has all of the tools to be a solid power forward, so if he lives up to expectations, we will have the type of player we need. Conversely, if he fails to fulfill his potential, he'll be a disappointment.

Like all Canucks fans, I'm hoping that he becomes the player that he's projected to be, because he is the type of player that the Canucks are sorely lacking. If it so happens that he's development follows the same trajectory of a Cam Neely or Milan Lucic, all the better. If he follows the development pattern of a Jim Sandlak, Victor Oreskovich, Taylor Pyatt or Steve Bernier, it will be disappointing.

He needs the opportunity to succeed or fail, and I believe that has to happen at the NHL level.

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He was a rookie last year, he probably should have been in Chicago but the Canucks wanted his toughness in the lineup. He's shown flashes of the player he can be but hasn't been able to do it consistently yet. Remember, in Hodgson's first year he was completely useless but we all know what happened the next year. Kassian may tear it up next year or it may take a couple years after that but he just needs some time to develop and some patience from the fans.

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I wouldn't really say he takes stupid penalties, plus his speed isn't that bad for his size either. Once he's given consistent 3rd line minutes we can actually judge him but if he stays on the 4th line playing 6 minutes a game it's hard to tell.

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