nyintensity wrote:I don't think Regier "knows" anything more than MG, I think that he simply addressed the needs of the team. We have young tough wingers in the AHL ready to take Kassian's spot, without the drama that surrounded him. He decided to show up when he felt like it, at least for us.
What drama exactly?
The comments he made post-game to a reporter in the AHL that were a bit off base?
I've watched the Sabres play quite a bit this season, and while you're right, Kassian had some invincible nights for the Sabres, many of those silent nights were in the midst of some serious team struggles I don't need to explain to you.
From my perspective, I see Kassian as a first year pro who did very well offensively in the AHL in 30 games, far better than Cody did in Manitoba last year.
Most rookies will have many ups and downs and it's a matter of finding consistency, especially for big forwards who are expected to play a power game.
From watching Kassian, reading up on him and listening to his comments, he seems like player who wants to be more than just a fighter, and wants to establish himself as future top 6 power forward who puts up a lot of points. It seems he's more worried about becoming a player than just being there to provide toughness and energy.
Coming to a team like Vancouver, where the coaches clearly define what a player's role should be and what they need to do to remain in that role, I see Kassian being more consistent with his physical game. But it would be naive to expect him to not have some ups and downs the rest of the way with a few quiet nights here and there.
That would be on-par with how young players develop, and much of the same, sans the physical aspect, can be said about Cody.