Same question for the Coho trade. Why did Gillis trade Coho for Kassian at the deadline? After investing three quarters of a season in Coho, Gillis deals him for Gassian who knows nothing about the Canuck systems and is a project player as well.
The true answer I believe is because the relationship between Chris Hodgson and Mike Gillis got fucked up. This is not about trading Coho. This is about trading Coho for Kassian at the trade deadline when it didn't need to happen. Kassian was just another prospect that point of time and to my knowledge, he wasn't being coveted by a tonne of teams. The correct decision would have been to hold onto Coho and do a trade at the draft. 10 bucks says that Kassian would still be available. As well, you have every single other GM at that event plus all of the draftees.
How do you know if Kassian was coveted or not ? I'd have to say he was considering he was drafted less than three seasons before in the 1st round. He had 26 points in 30 games in the AHL and had a cup of coffee with Buffalo at the age of 20. 6 ft 3 220 tough and with good hands ..... yeah he wouldn't have been coveted at all.
Cody Hodgson is a 5ft 10 center with great hands, no speed, can't win a faceoff or play defence and tops out as a # 2 center on a weak team. Add in the fact he looked horrid on the wing when he played there and I am baffled at how much love he gets. The guy racked up numbers playing on the #1 line on a shit team playing 20 min per game with shitloads of pp time. Zack Kassian gets 13 min a game no pp and gets saddled with scrubs for linemates. I wonder if he and Milan Lucic switched linemates and average icetime for a year how their numbers would end up.