Cornuck wrote:I can't understand why so many people are ready to throw Kassian under the bus. Coming into the season, he was Buffalo's top rated prospect. They had other 'power forward' types in the system, so they went with a good option to get Hodgson.
He's young, and will benefit from an off season with clear "Canuck" goals in mind. If he starts in the A next season, great - get him up to speed and bring him along. Sure we're all pissed that we lost a roster player for him, but give the kid a chance.
No kidding. The kid performed well in the AHL and earned his promotion to the Sabres. There was a reason he was in the NHL and not Foligno at the time and I don't believe it was because he was being showcased. It's because he was the one that earned the call up. Though I'm not pissed the canucks lost a roster player at all. I liked the trade then and I like the trade now.
Hodgson was never going to play the wing and he was never going to remove Henrik or Kesler from the top 6 whereas Kassian is the type of player the canucks were missing in the system and many teams hunt for. Don't get all excited because Foligno caught lightening in a bottle (and happened to play alongside Ennis who also caught lightening in a bottle and was the Sabres best player by far down the stretch).
The kid has great size, good speed and nice puck skills. Give the kid an off season of training to get into NHL shape and I suspect many people will be quite excited about this KID by February of next year.