With Cody scoring 2 out of the 3 goals tonight he was the reason that the Sabres even looked respectable last night.
With that having been said, a power forward takes longer to develop so the jury will be out on Big Kass for another couple of years. AV needs to get Kass off of the 4th friggin' line though. He will not develop properly until he starts getting some minutes. All AV is doing is using Kass as a backup goon. That's just stupid plain and simple.
Like I said in my thread from the other day, I am definitely happy that Cody is working out well for us.
At the same time I'm pulling for Kass to do well. He's a stand up guy.
If you're pulling for him, maybe you'd like to pay a little closer attention.
Kassian has spent far more time on the first, second and third lines than the fourth.
He's not going to take years to develop - he's a solid NHL player as a rookie - and he's getting over 14 minutes a night - on a contender (ironically, more than Hodgson last season)...
He's being used nothing like a "backup goon". It sounds like you haven't watched a single game. He has merely 23pm this season - thats's less than Burrows, Bieksa, Weise.
He has a resectable 5 goals and 8 points - 9th on the Canucks - and is also 9th on the club in relative corsi despite only 47% offensive zone starts and facing the 9th strongest quality of competition on the team.
What that all means - Kassian, as a rookie, is trusted by AV to play tough minutes, in various roles - he is not getting sheltered or 4th line minutes - not tailored ozone starts against weak competition - as AV did with a rookie who wasn't ready for the defensive role or NHL matchups - I won't name anyone, but I'm not talking about Schroeder here, who has also been trusted up and down the lineup - he has played as many fourth line minutes as Kassian...
The current rookies on the Canucks roster - Kassian, Tanev and Schroeder - are all players that AV feels free to and does integrate into a range of challenging roles - AV is used to developing quality young two way players (as in Burrows, Hansen, Kesler, Edler, Bieksa, Raymond...all notable two way NHLers developed by AV).
Kassian, like any rookie, has had a few anxious moments (actually, very few - no more than the rest of the roster) - overall, he's been excellent - very disciplined, responsible defensively (his ozone finishes are higher than his starts, and has a +rel.corsi), passes the puck very well (a few giveaways like any player, but very good vision), adapts well to different roles, a good attitude and a good team-mate (yes, when it came time to deter Eager from taking runs at the Sedins, he stepped up for his teammates), and his physical game is measured - couldn't be more pleased with him. No need to wait on his development - he's already a solid contributor in a range of valuable ways, and settling into a top 6 role playing with Booth.
Edited by oldnews, 06 March 2013 - 06:30 PM.