Now that Kassian's essentially played the same amount of games in the AHL this season as he did last, I thought I'd have a look at the numbers to see how exactly he's "developing" (generous term).
WARNING: this ain't pretty
2011-12: 30 GP, 15 G, 26 P, +4, 94 SOG, 31 PIM
2012-13: 28 GP, 6 G, 18 P, -1, 72 SOG, 59 PIM
By my calculations, this amounts to the following data comparatives:
And, to be honest, the two things that are of the most concern to me are the decline in SOG and the increase in PIM. There's really no explanation for getting less SOG as a 22 year-old AHL sophomore than as a 21 year-old AHL rookie. And this SOG figure is even inflated, as Kass did have 7 SOG last game, bringing up his average significantly.
- 60% year-over-year reduction in goals
- 31% year-over-year reduction in points
- 18% year-over-year reduction in SOG/game
- 90% year-over-year increase in PIMs.
And while it's nice that he does seem willing to throw the body, at times, and drop the gloves, at times, I really hope that we didn't trade Cody Hodgson for a bottom-six goon that will be lucky to get 5 - 10 goals per year in limited minutes. I'm beginning to wonder if Kassian has a bit of "Kyle Beach" in him; capable of so much, too stupid to realize it and in the penalty box way, way too much.
Let's not forget that Kassian was hand held by the Sedin's in the off-season to try and get his training habits in shape (not a good sign), and even went on to be a healthy scratch in 1 (or more, I'm not sure) game, also (clearly) not a good sign.
Who else is concerned?
Your points do deserve a response.
Clearly stats matter and a couple of things to note/think about.
1. None of us know what he has been told to focus on by the coaching staff of the nucks and chi other than fitness which he has addressed = positive, not sure how the two best players on the team taking him under their wing is a negative but you have spun it as such - to me its a sign of leadership and how highly this kid is thought of by those leaders and the Canucks.
2. Points are down yes, but as a poster pointed out he is tied for the team lead. The team is not scoring and that afffects everyone, doesn't matter who you are unless your last name is Bure, Gretkzy, Lemiuex etc. He plays a team game and will score not on his own but be part of a group contribution, but hey should he be on a ppg pace, we would all like it, end of the world given team scoring ..no.
3. Perhaps he has been told to focus on his defensive positioning, puck protection, board battles etc. If so often young players have so much going through their heads in a game, they can't play 'their game'. This is part of development. Purge the bad habits, create new good ones, so when he makes the jump the issues AV would have with him are gone and then his offensive side will come. This is clearly how the canucks develop players and very important given how AV awards ice and plays younger guys. If he hasn't developed this then he will get crushed by AV. and then bust.
4. PIMS - means he's getting involved. I like that, that's his role on the nucks when he comes up, and pitch in the odd goal and assist. If he can play 45 games (shortened season) and pitch in 8-10 goals, with 10 or so assists and bring a physical presense, and be defensively responsible, I think he'll be on the right track.
Think a bit deeper kid, not always about goals and assists, usually a method to coaching and the Nucks are developing him in a certain way....he's going to be a terrific NHL'er in about 4-5 years, someone teams hate to play against.