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.