vanekfanatic26 wrote:Hey guys. Noticed you were talking about the GD article, which I wrote.
Nice work. I thought this quote was very interesting:
vanekfanatic26 wrote:Biggest difference I've noticed between the two prospects: Foligno has a penchant for working hard. Kassian hasn't shown that yet, and goes through spells of coasting/gliding on the ice
I don't think anyone who has watched Kassian the past 3 games would expect work ethic to be a common complaint about him, but obviously this is a small sample size. If lack of work ethic is something in his past, then its worth keeping an eye on, but if he's playing like he has been in a Canucks uniform, I have no complaints.
I thought the quote from the Americans' coach was most telling about why I think the Sabres organization wasn't able to get the most out of Kassian:
“He has to play a physical game and if he has to fight he has to fight,” said Rolston. “I think it’s part of the game and part of what he’s here to do is be a physical player. If it happens, we are not in a situation where we’re telling him not to fight, that’s for sure.”
Kassian does not have to fight. I would be shocked if any Canucks/Wolves coach ever looked at a guy like Kassian, a high-first round pick with offensive upside who is close to leading the team in points/game in his first pro year, and saying he needs to fight.
If that is the situation his coming from, I'm confident AV can get more out of him than you saw in Buffalo.