Acquisition of Pahlsson reflected our management and coaching staff's confidence in Hodgson handling third line duty in playoffs. Hodgson was not good enough yet to be put on 1st or 2nd line and could not play wing adequately either, meanwhile his defensive game could not be trusted as a 3rd line center. The conclusion I guess was that Hodgson might end up being a liability or a bench warmer come playoff time rather than a player you put on ice THIS YEAR.Zamboni Driver wrote:Question is, why did we need to do the trade NOW?Island Nucklehead wrote:He's gonna be a beauty. EXACTLY what the Canucks have lacked over the past couple years. Big body that can play and FIGHT. Once this kid hits 23-25 years old... <insert gay-like comment here> .porp wrote:Ok, Kassian definitely looks bigger on TV than from the nosebleeds at WhateverPlace. Moves well for a big guy.
If Gillis was intent on trading CoHo (due to ice time issues etc) why not do it AFTER the playoffs, we could really use CoHo's third line production, and is Kassian going to be more useful (at this point in his career) compared to Weise or Bitz?
Of course he's going to develop into a nice top center, but it'll take time.
I think people need to stop comparing Hodgson and Kassian. Yes, if you compare both of them as "projects" you can do so but keep in mind this year Pahlsson was acquired to replace Hodgson, and Kassian was a project that Gillis and Co. want to develop in place of Hodgson.