RoyalDude wrote:Mr.Miyagi wrote:ClamRussel wrote:Looks like alot of this season is going to come down to whether Booth can get it together & be that secondary threat we desperately need. Asking Higgins to be a 2nd line winger is too much. If not Kassian, it has to be Booth. Wild card or albatross?
I am still waiting to see Kassian with the twins. I remember reading a quote from Torts saying that is what he wanted to try this season. After his suspension he never got the chance. Lately he has picked up his game IMO so maybe he'll get a shot?
Kassian needs to earn playing time with the Sedins, he certainly hasn't earned that to this point. The kid is at a crossroads with his career, step up to the plate Zack
Perhaps. Sometimes you just need a shot. Did Buffalo wait for Hodgson to earn it when they acquired him? He was immediately slotted between Pominville & Vanek. They gave him every opportunity to succeed. Perhaps they didn't have many other options but there's still something to it. I think back of how Neely was treated here as Tom Watt waited for him to earn it and "step up to the plate". He goes to Boston and is immediately paired with Rick Middleton on the top line. With 5 goals in 7 games to start the season w/ the Sedins last year (and them only assisting on a couple of them) I think he showed alot before being demoted. No doubt that suspension this year railroaded his chances w/ the Twins. If nothing else he's a guy who can protect them and create space. I'd love to see him develop working with them, he's proven he's got the hands to score & is an underrated playmaker. No doubt he needs work but it comes w/ the territory. It also reunites Kesler w/ Burrows who is pretty much the only player he really gels w/ on the team.
Sedin - Sedin - Kassian
Higgins - Kesler - Burrows
Booth - Santorelli - Hansen
Sestito - Richardson - Welsh
It certainly balances things out a bit more.