I cannot believe you people are still discussing this.
Dude, I watched basketball today. THAT'S why we're talking about this.
Paajarvi was picked 10th overall, Kassian 13th. Both in 2009.
--Paajarvi: 121 GP, 17 G, 42 P
--Kassian: 44 GP, 4 G, 10 P
Interesting that one's not living up to his pick, and the other is "a promising, young power forward".
Do you see the problem here?
They are extremely different players, and neither has panned out early.
Paajarvi has been given way more chance to play top 6 minutes, and has had serious pointless streaks that got him sent down to OKC in favor of guys like Omark and Hartikainen. He reminds me of a Hansen type player, and unless he has a learning cure, then he won't have lived up to his billing.
Kassian is hopefully a power forward type player, and as usual with that type, is expected to take longer to develop. Neither prospect is a sure thing, but Kassian hasn't been given steady time in the NHL to get comfortable and show his stuff like Magnus has.
At this point, I have higher hopes for Kassian to reach his ceiling than I do for Paajarvi, and this comes from someone who watches a lot of games from both teams.
Really a better comparison to Luongo for Paajarvi is Luongo for Kassian. Buffalo would have (had they not had Miller) taken that deal in the time it take a hummingbird to sneeze and called home to talk about it. It's not even in the realm of realistic, in fact, it's laughable to even propose. I am not sure how many Oilers games you have personally watched, but having followed them since I moved here in 2004, I know that is a goofy deal.
Edited by WiDeN, 13 November 2012 - 09:41 PM.