dbr wrote: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.
Yeah, Lucic might be a good comparison too, Kass is definitely not as tuff and intimidating though. As far as putting Kass with the Sedins, I don't mind it. It's not like we have that many options to put there anyways. Burr is injured and can't buy a goal. I like Kes on a different line more to spread out the scoring. Booth and Hansen? Meh, I think they more 2nd-3rd liners, although Hansen has been pretty good there at times. I think putting Kass with the Sedins maybe benefical for all members on that line (ie - Sedins have a guy who can help them in the physical dept & Kass can maybe finish some Sedin garbage). It also allows some of our good checkers (Burr/Hansen) to play on diff't lines, so it gives our roster a diff't look and strengthens our lineup in some ways.
Has any other guy earned a chance on the 1st line? Nah, not really. Has Kass earned a chance on the 1st line? Nah, not really defensively wise, but he did score like 5 goals in 27GP. Not bad numbers for a guy who has only played on the 3rd and 4th lines. With Kass, he'll probably never be a top defensive player, what he brings to the table is a physical presence and some potential scoring threat. I don't think rewarding him on the 1st line will spoil him too much, maybe if he was a 1st year player right out of juniors. We have had Kass for a couple years now, I think it's time to give him more responsibility to see what he can do. Also with Kass, he's still maturing as a player and person. I'm sure with proper coaching and with the encouragment of our veterans, he will become a better play in all aspects of his game. It's just a matter of time. I wouldn't make Kass a staple on the 1st line with the Sedins, but I think he deserves a few games there to see what he can do. Torts should just do his thing, if Kass is playing well, give him some time there. If Kass is playing like a dog, stick him back on the 3rd-4th line again or bench him.