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Is Kassian Overhyped?

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He's just turned 21. He still has a lot of things to learn. He's going to have to try and learn things as soon as possible. But saying that, it takes time and years in NHL to fully mature.

He can't block shots...

His skating is average...

He takes stupid penalties...

His movement of the puck needs looked at...

Saying all the above he does have some good points that I would like to mention.

He is great down low...

Good puck control...

When he does hit, he can hit big...

To be honest I just think people are expecting to much from Kassian to soon and the lad need time to develope. He has all the traits to be a great power forward but just needs that extra time to develop his game. Coming to Vancouver and being in the spotlight won't be easy for the kid and in turn, in my opinion will make it harder for him.

I hope for one he lives out to his potential and does that with Vancouver.

Will it be the second coming of Cam Neely or will it be Taylor Pyatt all over again...time will tell I suppose.

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for a guy his size his skating is better than average

his puck movement is really good imo. he is a really good passer

his biggest weak spot is his confidence. Hes a little to anxious to get rid of the puck when he has it

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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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Hodgson was pretty overhyped ...

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Kassian's only 21 Give the kid a break.

He has had no chance of proving himself playing 3 minutes a game on the 4th line

Cant judge him yet

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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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He isn't...but Hodgson certainly was. And the worst thing about CoHo was the fact he believed the hype.

As for Kassian taking "stupid penalities"...HUH? When you throw a good check and a ref arbitarily decides it's a penalty, how is that "stupid"?

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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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