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11-17-2004, 05:45 PM
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Skating is more than straight line speed. He's big and he has a very long stride, so he he looks slow, but he gets where he wants to go and he keeps his feet moving. For a 6'4 monster his quickness and lateral movement are good, and his acceleration isn't bad. Most importantly, his skating doesn't impede him from making hits or forechecking; he's a good enough skater so that he's not easy to beat and he can make hits.

Also, in further comparison to Kraus, Kassian is good for what he is in all three zones while Kraus is useless in the neutral and defensive zone, and only okay in the offensive zone. Kassian could be a 4th line energy player who gets in on the forecheck, hits, and fights. What can Kraus do in the NHL?

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