Cody is just in a good spot between two good wingers. He will probably be removed from that spot when they find depth. Also, the only points he's gotten so far for the most part are shots going off his body, or bouncing in off him.
I really didn't mind Cody, but people hyped him way too much. That one slap shot against Boston, while sexy, certainly, made far too many people overvalue him. Especially since for 20 games he basically did nothing, then he got traded, and it was shown he didn't want to be here in the first place. We'll see how he does in Buffalo, but considering who he's playing with, and the fact most of his points are just luck, I'd take Kassian. Kassian is with the twins, sure. But Hodgosn should be rolling in assists and points being a center.
I really loved Cody when he was here and thought it was a bad move at the time but!
1. Kassian is going to be a stud if he wants to be and stays focussed. On the prior, given his effort/work ethic, maturity, I would say he wants it. On the second that is coaching, teammates helping him, and him working when things get tough.
I have all the confidence that he has all those things as well...a terrific trade for us, and time will prove it. I saw Neely play at the same age, and yes its waaay to early to talk Neely, but he has a higher ceiling, he is a better skater, just as big, can fight, perhaps not as great a sniper but still a good one and can still develop that further, and is a better passer. Can he dominate like Neely, well that's the big question because what separates avg/ good,/great in the NHL is consistency, the ability to improve, raise your game when it matters etc. Those intangibles are inside him, and only time will show us, but the ceiling, its higher than Neely's.
2. I think I over rated cody as you suggest. Everyone in Canada fell in love with this kid in the world Juniors, where he was Captain Canada, and legitimately deserved the mvp over Tavares. Then he falls to us and we are estactic...Well he has holes in his game. Defensively, and while his skating has improved, when you look at Schroder's ability to skate and stay in the play, create because of his speed, then watch CoHo as I have been you really see a BIG difference...that will hold Coho back from being an upper echelon player...he will be a good second liner and a contributor but I don't see him being a game changer.
Kassian has the potential to be a game changer...I like that deal....
Edited by BuretoMogilny, 26 January 2013 - 07:38 PM.