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Kassian Roster Spot in Serious Jeopardy?

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Hello Everyone! I just wanted to get your take on the situation that could or may unfold within the next 3 weeks or so. That factor is the Nicklas Jensen Factor...

amazing video by CDC's very own DJ Kreuzberg, everyone give him a high five for the awesome video!

For those that post before actually reading the thread, ill make a easy summary

-Zack Kassian is playing poorly and inconsistent hockey

-Nicklas Jensen SEL season is over March 5th, rumor has it that his Junior team doesn't want him back so he can't play anywhere else

-Kassian is waiver exempt from getting picked off waivers, probably not beneficial to his development to get 4th line ice time and Volpatti fills that grinder/energy roll a lot better imo.

-Roster space is at max capacity so 1 player needs to be put on waivers to acquire another

I think the one and only position this affects would be Zack Kassian, As we all know and have seen, Kassian has been playing very inconsistent and somewhat poorly the last few weeks. He's had some benching's in the 3rd periods of games and has been a liable player defensively. The point is, he has a couple more weeks to play well or he may very well get sent down to the minors to make room for Nicklas Jensen.

I think what Jensen has done in Sweden has been nothing short of amazing, he's been playing against men and he's up to speed (game shape) to come in and not feel out of place. Quite frankly he has enormous offensive potential and skill that could compliment the team's current need.

Why he would help this team over Kassian?

-I think he has a much higher offensive ceiling and skill

-He is in the mold of a pure sniper/goal scorer which could help our PP big time

-We lack a pure goal scorer type player on this team and have been for ages.

What are your thoughts people?

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wise showed he had more hustle and speed than kassian last game it only took one shift befor kassian was sat for wise on the second line how about he plays on the 3rd and 4th and works his way up ... sedins never started on the first line or burrows or kes they all earned their spots kas should have to do the grinding on the bottom lines and learn to kill penalties and such befor hes promoted. its the old saying " if you want to be a pornstar , you gotta do gay porn first" its been shown clearly sedins are much better with burrows and kassian has a hard time keeping up with the speed on the 2nd and 3rd line. our 4th line should be getting 10 minutes a game anyways.

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Kassian and Jensen - not Kassian or Jensen - simple as that.

(and we gotta sign this undrafted Mattias Janmark-Nylen youngster as well)

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Honestly I don't think Kassian would lose a roster spot. He just needs to fix some consistency issues, he's young so he'll learn. If they were to give Jensen a shot this season though I wouldn't mind these lines:

Sedin Sedin Burr - Sedins and burr nuff said.

Raymond Kes Booth - Very fast line. Kes and Ray had success before. Raymond back to himself so let's see this line for a couple of games

Jensen Schroeder Kass - I think familiarity will be good for these guys. They're young, they'll communicate with one another and a good shot of youth in a veteran lineup can be good eh?

Higgins Lappy Hansen - who says the 4th can't be a checking line? This seems like a line that I'd be comfortable sending out against a top line.

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Like I said above, Kassian's spot on the team isn't threatened by Jensen

BUT JEEEEEEEZUS!!

JENSEN PICKS THE TOP RIGHT CORNER LIKE NOBODY'S BUSINESS!!

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As long as Weise and Volpatti are starting for the Canucks, I doubt that Kassian's spot is in serious jeaopardy...

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No way Kassian's roster spot should be in jeopardy; for starters (as mentioned) Nicklas will probably get time in the AHL before playing in the NHL, and even when he does come to the bigs I think the people who should feel threatened would be someone like Booth or Raymond (lesser chance for Higgins), not Kassian since they play such different games.

When Nick is ready to join the Top 6 (I hope that's when they bring him up) I would project the lineup to be

Sedins - Burrows

Jensen - Kesler - Kassian

Raymond - Schroeder - Booth

Higgins - Lapierre - Hansen

The reason I say Booth and Raymond may feel threatened is because of their expensive price on the 3rd line (Booth) and relative unsuitability for playoff 3rd line duties (Raymond), when guys like Higgins and Hansen, though unproven with Schroeder, should be perfectly capable of playing in the Top 9 and may in fact provide tougher, better two-way play and may be more suitable for the type of game that the team may want to play in the playoffs (if last season's acquisition of Pahlsson was any indication of the 2 offensive line, 2 physical checking line game, which would benefit tougher players and better support Jordan if he stays as the 3rd line center).

It'd def. be interesting to see how it all plays out, but I don't think Kass will be threatened.

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Kassian needs to play a lot and not 4th line minutes or it's just going to hurt his development even further

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" if you want to be a pornstar , you gotta do gay porn first".

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Just think in 3 years or less, this could be our third line:

Jensen - Guance - Kassian

:shock:

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Honestly after the fight his game dud approve a lot. Both goals scores on the kesler line were a result of kes coughing up the puck or his inability to make the safe pass.

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OK this has to be sarcasm right ???? Pull your head out of your butt walk over to the power bar and pull it out of the wall, problem solved !

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Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Booth - Kesler - Kassian

Raymond - Schroeder - Jensen

Higgins - Lapierre - Hansen

Kassian's roster spot is in jeopardy if Jensen comes over how?

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We'll see how he does in the AHL first but I can't wait to see him on the Nucks. Imagine:

Sedins-Burrows

Booth-Kesler-Jensen

Raymond-Schroeder-Kassian

Higgins-Lappierre-Hansen

Yikes that looks potentially deadly. Kassian on the 3rd would give some much needed size to that line and the 2nd could have the sniper that it so desperately needs. And I mean, look at that 4th line! Yes please! Here's hoping Jensen shines in the minors :towel:

Edit: that D man from around the 2:20 mark in the vid is still looking for his jock strap! Ridonculous!

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Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Booth - Kesler - Kassian

Raymond - Schroeder - Jensen

Higgins - Lapierre - Hansen

Kassian's roster spot is in jeopardy if Jensen comes over how?

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Kassian's not going to lose his spot to Jensen, not this year anyway. Kass has been up and down the line up if only for inconsistency. Like all big guys, once you get him mad he's an unstoppable force. I thought he played well last night, an assist on the Garrison goal, and a big fight vs. Roussel - who should have got a penalty for instigating a fight with a visor on. After the fight AV gave Kass some PP time in the 3rd.

Jensen is still a bit of a project. He has to come back and relearn the NA game. It's also been rumoured that he has a big head, so cooling his ego down a bit is necessary.

Based solely on numbers, Jensen could have a real shot at a wing position next year. I say this because the cap is going down to 64.3m and we currently have 55m tied up in 13 players. We can theoretically only afford one of Higgins/Raymond who are both pending FAs. In this respect, Jensen's ELC looks really good.

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Kassian needs to play a lot and not 4th line minutes or it's just going to hurt his development even further

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