I've honestly never seen so many excuses for any professional athlete before. Have you clowns forgotten that this is a Stanley Cup or bust team?
Everyone acting like Kassian is some beast out there and it's the coach holding back his progress.
Let's ignore the fact that there are a lot of younger players than him contributing to their teams. Ignore that he's not actually a beast, and is invisible on most nights. Ignore that despite his size he loses most puck battles. Ignore that he can't play in his own zone and turns the puck over consistently. And most importantly ignore the fact that by the time (if ever) Kassian turns into a good player, this team will be too old to do anything.
I have nothing against Kassian, nobody hopes he proves me wrong more than me. But I do have a problem with delusional fans, you're giving the rest of us a bad name.
Zack Kassian NHL level talents.......snap shot, speed, vision, soft hands, devastating hitter and fighter, strong low post game and huge.
Not there yet.......consistency, intensity, defensive awareness, decision making.
Hmmmmnnn.....sounds like 95% of young players issues that aren't lottery picks. The intensity is the only one that is concerning and as mentioned thousands of times before big bodied power forward types take longer. Did you expect John Tavares in return for a stumpy slow skating ppg player??
I do agree that Zack needs to earn his playing time and the coach would be an idiot to reward his work ethic inconsistency with increased ice time. Not sure i understand the reason why you wouldn't want this guys hands and size in front of the net on the pp though.