Yip we have Kassian and Booth. Booth is big (also fast); but not really what you call a grinding winger. Kassian has yet to earn a rating, but the Edmonton game was very encouraging...
But what I was really referring to was a (right) winger capable of pushing Burrows back on to the second line. Look, on some teams Burrow's is a first liner. Including here, sort of.
If he could be the speedster,grinder, checker and worker bee for, say, Henrik and Iginla you have the making of one of the best NHL lines. It's not that Iginla is better than Danny (hear me out). Its that Iginla is a physical force to be reckoned with for his line on top of being a scorer and decent passer. Burrows also does those things, but with heart not size.The Twins, with Burrows get buried by size at some point almost every play off year. But of course we know if we got Iginla, Burrows relegates to the 2knd line...
The reality is we already have a great grinder in Burrows; we just need one who is as good but 20 pounds heavier. And as yet Kassian or Booth has not knocked him off. So a big nasty winger IS on our wish list!
Its physical match up's that are stiffling our otherwise good scorers, not a shortage of goal scoring.
I think Booth can be a grinding winger with his combination of size, speed and the ability to throw huge hits. He just needs to put in work along the boards, but yeah he wouldn't be classified as one. Kass is looking really good right now with the twins, but then again he also looked good in 3 games last year. if he can play this way on a more consistent basis we have our big grinding winger.
As for physical match-ups stifling our scorers, i don't know whether to agree with that or not. They seem to play fine against other big physical teams like SJ, but against Boston they were completely shut down. Last year when they played LA the only line that was able to provide any offense was the twins/Burr, which is why i think that more scoring depth/ a playmaking winger for Kes is more important. It would make the 2nd line more dangerous and take some pressure off the twins.