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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby Island Nucklehead » Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:00 pm

The Brown Knight wrote:Once upon a time (in a nursery rhyme!) we saw this happen in Canuck land. The year was 2001 and the prima donna's name was Todd Bertuzzi. Like Kassian, he was shitty in his own end, but had the potential to be a brute strength up front. He maximized his potential after being GIVEN the top spot.

End result? He had 1-2 excellent seasons, while turning into a prima donna. As result, Bertuzzi ended up being a one dimensional player with very limited leadership skills. Ultimately, Bertuzzi ended up being more of a liability than an asset for us. His extremely lazy defensive play and shitty attitude between the years 2004-2006 hurt this team.


Is this the same Todd Bertuzzi that had a better PPG than league-leading Iginla (still finished 3rd in league scoring) in 10 less games, and was the only top-10 scorer with more than 100pims in 2001-02? You mean the Todd Bertuzzi that was 5th in league scoring (3rd in goals) in 02-03. The Bertuzzi that had 5 (out of 8) 25 goal seasons with the Canucks? The Bertuzzi we parlayed into Roberto Luongo?!

Jesus Titty Fucking Christ, Farhan... if Kassian turns into Bertuzzi we are laughing our asses off!
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby Topper » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:12 pm

They were two of the top 3 overall picks in their draft class for fucks sake. They spent a season on the third line, Daniel still potted 20 (10 on the P), but by their second year, they had climbed to the second/third line duty in a very shallow talent pool.

High 1st round picks on a team that had very little depth. The competed with an aged Linden, Cassel, Cooke, Chubarov and Klatt for ice time.

Give your heads a shake folks. Zach Kassian is no Daniel Sedin.
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby Topper » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:24 pm

ClamRussel wrote:Look at the success Gretzky & Kurri had w/ Semenko as an anchor tied around their ankles. Kassian has 10x the offensive talent Semenko did and, while not as scary, he could easily create some room for them & keep the opposing team a bit more honest. Bure did just fine w/ Odjick on his line. Unlike some of the parroting that goes on, its not about Kassian "earning" his ice time w/ the Sedins but rather he might be the best fit for them now on this current roster. Skill aside, he also serves a purpose. Work the corners, go to the net & bang home the garbage....and ya, drop the gloves when teams try to bully the Twins.

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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby The Brown Knight » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:17 am

Island Nucklehead wrote:Is this the same Todd Bertuzzi that had a better PPG than league-leading Iginla (still finished 3rd in league scoring) in 10 less games, and was the only top-10 scorer with more than 100pims in 2001-02? You mean the Todd Bertuzzi that was 5th in league scoring (3rd in goals) in 02-03. The Bertuzzi that had 5 (out of 8) 25 goal seasons with the Canucks? The Bertuzzi we parlayed into Roberto Luongo?!

Jesus Titty Fucking Christ, Farhan... if Kassian turns into Bertuzzi we are laughing our asses off!


Agreed......and yes, you are correct.

Now, I want you to imagine this same Todd Bertuzzi, as having a more developed two way game while also having a better "non-entitlement" attitude. Think a Todd Bertuzzi like that would have been an elite player for more than 2 seasons? Think instead of Todd Bertuzzi, we would have had a Jarome Iginla clone instead?

All I'm saying is this: Let's try and build Kassian a good foundation.....a foundation being built on having "earned" his way up to the top, and on a foundation of where his defensive game isn't a liability like Bertuzzi's was. He doesn't have to be a defensive stalwart, but he shouldn't be a defensive pansy either (I.e. Like Iginla in his prime).

Let's face it. In all likelihood, Kassian won't hit his peak (if he ever does) until the next generation of Canucks are impact players. I'm talking about a time when Horvat, Shinkaruk, etc. are all here.

Let's take the long term approach with Kassian. Give him time to become the most well rounded player that he can possibly be, and give him some time to work on his attitude. Let him develop his leadership skills (I.e. Like Iginla).

From what I see, it is NOT a good sign to see Kassian "drifting" out there on the bottom 6 due to a lack of enthusiasm. It's not a sign of good character, and it's not the type of guys we want leading this club.

If Kassian shows good hustle and enthusiasm throughout the season, and gets a little better defensively (again - not talking Selke trophy here......just to the point where he's not a liability), THEN I would seriously consider moving him up towards the end of the season as we had into the playoffs.


P.s. I hope these Bertuzzi/Iginla talks don't confuse people on here. For the record, I think it's fairly unlikely that Kassian becomes as good as either of those were in their primes. The point I'm trying to my however, is that making him "earn" his way to the top, while also allowing him to develop his character, leadership, and defensive game ( to the point where it's not a liability) would make him more of an "Iginla mold" rather than a "Bertuzzi mold."

I'd rather Kassian be a poor man's Iginla rather than a poor man's Bertuzzi one day.
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby Hockey Widow » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:23 am

I remember many discussions about the twins not having to pay their dues and many discussions about whether they should be sent to the minors for a period if time. They had the benefit of a great first line and stable second/third line in front of them along with a strong D. No question they worked hard but their skating was problematic. It is something they have wirked on. As far as defence and I remember them being good defensively and getting PK time. Of course they didn't have to match up to many top 3 or top 6 for quite a while.

They had the benefit of being top 3 draft picks, playing together and the extra years in Sweden. One thing about them is I don't ever remember them being lazy or out of shape. They have always had a great work ethic and have always worked hard at improving deficiencies in their game.

They invited Kassian one summer to work out with them. I wonder if that will be repeated? He needs mentoring on how to be a professional and on how to prepare off the ice. I have seen him hustle and back check more in recent games but he is still a work in progress. I think giving him some shifts every game and a chance on the PP here and there will give good benefit for him. But there is no question he has to show more consistency on the D side.

As for Bert, this us the guy that played an awful lot like Kassian with the NYI. the NYI even had Gillies work with him to try and help him develop. They gave up on him a year just before he broke out. They were frustrated with his lazy play and non commitment to D. It wasn't until he got to Vancouver and became part of the WCE that he blossomed. But he was one of the most frustrating players to watch because he was lazy and was a huge liability in the D zone. I was advocating for his trade a year before it happened because I was tired of his defensive play. I was thrilled we got rid of him and landed Luongo.

And I was a huge Bert supporter!!

Kassian needs the right coaching and mentoring. I like how Torts is bringing him along but I would like to see him get some spot duty with the twins, as a carrot.
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby The Brown Knight » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:30 am

Hockey Widow wrote:They had the benefit of being top 3 draft picks, playing together and the extra years in Sweden. One thing about them is I don't ever remember them being lazy or out of shape. They have always had a great work ethic and have always worked hard at improving deficiencies in their game.



You hit the nail on the head here.

While it 's true that the Sedins' may have been given a large amount of ice-time during their growth phase, their character and work ethic was already quite solid. No laziness, no being out of shape, and no indifferent attitudes.

Kassian has been guilty of all 3 of those......and as result, I do not feel comfortable in playing him with the twins right now.......even if it results in short term success. Kassian "developing" into a poor man's Todd Bertuzzi would be cancerous to the team and to the organization. If you "gift" Kassian that spot with the twins, that's exactly the road he'd be heading down.
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby The Brown Knight » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:35 am

Hockey Widow wrote:Kassian needs the right coaching and mentoring. I like how Torts is bringing him along but I would like to see him get some spot duty with the twins, as a carrot.



Now this, I can live with.

If Kassian goes 5-6 games with a solid effort on the bottom 6 ( showing good hustle, enthusiasm, and more commitment on defense), then by all means, reward the guy with a few games/shifts or some power play time with the twins.

The more consistency Kassian shows, the more slack and more opportunity you give him.
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby ClamRussel » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:56 am

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ClamRussel wrote:Look at the success Gretzky & Kurri had w/ Semenko as an anchor tied around their ankles. Kassian has 10x the offensive talent Semenko did and, while not as scary, he could easily create some room for them & keep the opposing team a bit more honest. Bure did just fine w/ Odjick on his line. Unlike some of the parroting that goes on, its not about Kassian "earning" his ice time w/ the Sedins but rather he might be the best fit for them now on this current roster. Skill aside, he also serves a purpose. Work the corners, go to the net & bang home the garbage....and ya, drop the gloves when teams try to bully the Twins.

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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby ClamRussel » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:11 am

Hockey Widow wrote:They invited Kassian one summer to work out with them. I wonder if that will be repeated? He needs mentoring on how to be a professional and on how to prepare off the ice. I have seen him hustle and back check more in recent games but he is still a work in progress. I think giving him some shifts every game and a chance on the PP here and there will give good benefit for him. But there is no question he has to show more consistency on the D side.


The more time Kassian spends w/ the Twins off the ice the better, especially in the off season and in regards to training. In fact, bringing Linden back to work w/ the young players would be a good idea. Linden had a good influence on others like McLean back in the day in terms of training and professionalism. (Did we ever replace the position Gagner had?) Kassian coming into his own this year or next would be perfect timing for the arrival of other young players like Horvat and Gaunce. These are the guys he will have to grow with and, if he pans out, we'll have quite a solid crop of young forwards. Not superstars but well rounded lunch bucket players w/ decent skill. I look forward to those 3 with Shinkaruk in a few years.
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby Vader » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:24 am

The Brown Knight wrote:
I'd rather Kassian be a poor man's Iginla rather than a poor man's Bertuzzi one day.


The comparison's to Bertuzzi / Lucic or whomever are unfair to Kassian. He simply doesn't have the hands of a Bertuzzi or the shot of Neely. A better comparison, IMHO, is a bigger version of Scott Mellanby or a little more skilled version of Darren McCarty or Brad May. He'll never become a Bertuzzi or a Neely - and he doesn't need to be to be a very valuable player to the team.

For now, he needs to show a lot more than he has to get more ice time
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby Vader » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:31 am

Hockey Widow wrote: I have seen him hustle and back check more in recent games but he is still a work in progress. I think giving him some shifts every game and a chance on the PP here and there will give good benefit for him.



This team is in a dog fight to make the playoffs. They just re-signed 33 year old Sedin;'s to 4 year deals, have a soon to be 35year old goalie under contract for 75 more years, and a number of other players on the wrong side of 30. This team is expected to win now. They are'nt built to coddle young players along, they're expected to make the playoffs. Kassian needs to earn his ice time - this isn't a developmental league
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby Meds » Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:26 am

Vader wrote:
Hockey Widow wrote: I have seen him hustle and back check more in recent games but he is still a work in progress. I think giving him some shifts every game and a chance on the PP here and there will give good benefit for him.



This team is in a dog fight to make the playoffs. They just re-signed 33 year old Sedin;'s to 4 year deals, have a soon to be 35year old goalie under contract for 75 more years, and a number of other players on the wrong side of 30. This team is expected to win now. They are'nt built to coddle young players along, they're expected to make the playoffs. Kassian needs to earn his ice time - this isn't a developmental league


The NUMBER ONE GOAL of every team is to win the Stanley Cup. To do that you need to make the playoffs. You do this by winning games. Then you have to win 16 more games. If putting Kassian with the Sedins makes him a better player, and makes the Canucks a better team on the scoreboard, then to hell with the old fart mentality of "he has to earn it", and "don't coddle the kids". There are some people who need a little bit of coddling in order to build up the confidence they need to truly spread their wings. But regardless, if putting Kassian with the Sedins results in him averaging a point per game while not hurting the team, then only a stubborn fool resists it for the sake of "tradition". Obviously this is an "IF" scenario.

Every time Kassian has had a taste of success in a Vancouver jersey he has subsequently been demoted for no good reason. The result is a disengaged kid who just floats. Now, I'm not saying that he hasn't been demoted for screw ups, he has had his fair share of those. All I'm saying is that the kid has been mishandled by his former coach, and right now the jury is out on how Torts is going to bring him along. However, since Torts benched him and then went on record and vaguely outlined his plan and approach with Kassian, Zack has responded with some better play and more hustle, and as Torts said a couple games back, "he hasn't hurt us".
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby Todd Bersnoozi » Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:06 am

Vader wrote:The comparison's to Bertuzzi / Lucic or whomever are unfair to Kassian. He simply doesn't have the hands of a Bertuzzi or the shot of Neely. A better comparison, IMHO, is a bigger version of Scott Mellanby or a little more skilled version of Darren McCarty or Brad May. He'll never become a Bertuzzi or a Neely - and he doesn't need to be to be a very valuable player to the team.


Yeah, I think those are good comparisons. I don't think Kassassian has the talent of Bert or Iggy. I always liked comparing him to Shane Doan. He probably won't ever have Doan's leadership or savyness, but similar type play I think. One reason I really wanted to see Doan here a couple years back, to mentor Kass. Let him learn under one of the best.
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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby CorranHorn » Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:47 am

Meds wrote: However, since Torts benched him and then went on record and vaguely outlined his plan and approach with Kassian, Zack has responded with some better play and more hustle, and as Torts said a couple games back, "he hasn't hurt us".


He hasn't been vague at all.

Kassian is not going to get more playing time until he gets better defensively. But it doesn't end there. About two weeks ago, iirc, he said in a Post game interview, that Kassian has to look no further that on his team for a person to emulate. While Higgins isn't producing at an amazing rate, his work has been consistent throughout the yeat and that's what Torts is referring to.

He wants to make Zach a more complete player AWAY from the puck, in all three zones. Where do you start? The place he's least proficient in, his own end.

Trust me, if Torts does one thing right it's deal with da kids.

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Re: Canucks News and Notes

Postby dbr » Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:23 am

Bertuzzi is one thing, Lucic? I don't know.

I don't watch the B's much but the way fans complain about Looch sometimes you have to think Kassian has it in him to become a poor man's version - not quite the intimidating heavyweight, probably won't hit 30 goals or 60 points ever but the same general template.. bit of a loose cannon with offensive ability, invisible some nights and wreaking havoc others.. Kassian seems capable of that to me.

(I guess really it's the narrow margin between a dime a dozen 40 point guy and an "oh my god don't compare him to Milan Lucic you'll give him a complex" 60 point mark that makes it seem achievable. A guy with Kassian's skills could have 20 good games and 20 decent games and probably rack up 40 points there, if he scores like a 20 point guy over the other half of his games that's 50 right there. )

He's obviously a long way off from that right now.
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