RoyalDude wrote:At the same time, this trade has the real potential to be a colossal failure and a serious black mark on Gillis and the Canucks. There is no guarantee that this Kassian kid is going to be what you are all anticipating him to be, I see that it's already starting, like every new player we get - the overly high expectations. I keep hearing, Milan Lucic, Milan Lucic, Milan Lucic. Hey people, Zack Kassian could very well end up being a Isbister, Bernier, Pyatt dud. A big bodied peice of uselessness. Also, why is everyone talking like this guy is a FIGHTING MACHINE power forward like Milan Lucic. I see nowhere in his hockey history that says that other than his reputation to throw a dirty hit. Is everyone confusing him with the Kassian in Minnesota?
It's you against the world RD, just like usual - the lone beacon of reason and insight in the dark wilderness that is CanucksCorner.com.
People say "Milan Lucic" along with terms like "poor man's" or "upside" - nobody thinks we have a guarantee of a player of that ilk, just a player who is promising and could develop along those lines. We all know that promising players fail to deliver on said promise all the time.
The simple fact is that we are all fairly casual fans and in order to relate a player's skill set or disposition the easiest way is to use the shorthand of comparing them to other notable players with whom other posters are going to have some familiarity. So maybe just get over it Dude, nobody is saying that Kassian is going to singlehandedly beat up half the roster of our playoff opponents, and most have no illusions about him playing in the top six any time soon.
That being said, I completely agree with this:
This trade is a huge gamble for Gillis, I respect him for that, but this trade could very well be a total failure. Cody Hodgson is a little bit more of a guaranteed kid with loads of potential, it's not out of the realm that CoHo could be the star player that it looked like he was becoming and that Zack Kassian could mount to nothing more than a Steve Bernier type, or Isbister or Pyatt all big bodied power forward players who were once high draft picks that looked like studs in the junior years.
We just won't know what we've got out of this trade, and while we will be able to criticize it's timing as soon as the coming offseason it could be years before we see what kind of assets Kassian and Gragnani develop into for this team.