The Brown Knight wrote:I'm with Torts on this one.
Until Kassian improves his defensive game, and attitude, then fuck him.
Nothing should be handed to the kid. Let him earn it. He's talented enough.
Sedins, Kesler, and Burrows all "paid their dues" on the bottom 6 while becoming more well rounded players. Let Kassian do the same.
Kesler and especially Burrows, yes.
The Sedins hardly paid their dues towards earning icetime. They walked into the league and were handed the 2nd PP unit on a silver platter despite their weak play for years. Our 2nd PP unit was a disaster w/ them on it when they clearly weren't ready. It was outrageous the amount of icetime the Sedins received under Crawford. Their results at the time didn't warrant it and what did they do to earn it? Most fans on here wanted to run Crawford out of town for this favouritism. They started as 3rd liners w/ regular PP time and no time on the 4th line w/ 4min of ice or being scratched.
Ah, but look how they turned out.
There's a case there for letting certain players learn as they play and living with their mistakes because the return at the end is worth it. Like Blob said, he should definitely be on the PP. Our PP doesn't have a big man in front of the net and desperately could use it. Perhaps Kassian w/ the Twins isn't a good fit defensively right now but he should either be w/ Selke winning Kesler or w/ Santorelli on the 3rd line and on one of the 2 PP units. He's got the skill to warrant it. Perhaps like the Sedins he just needs someone to believe in him & work with him on his defensive play.