CorranHorn wrote: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.
I've only heard a few post game comments from Torts recently, and only a couple of them regarding Kassian. The one I heard was when he said that they were going to continue working through it with him and getting him to understand the process (very AV thing to say but I digress). And I agree with this, it was after that presser that I noticed Zack's game step up and he seemed more engaged again and was getting back on defense much faster.