Ruff says Sabres in "scary category" with youth at center
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10-08-2012, 11:57 AM
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The real issue isn't Kassian. It's Hodgson. Even if they wanted to get rid of Kassian, trade him for something of use. Kassian had value. He was an asset. They drafted a center with their 1st round pick, traded picks to get back into the first round to draft another center, then drafted another 3 centers with their remaining picks. And even after the draft, Regier still said his number 1 priority going into the season would be to add another center. So what do you know that i don't. That doesn't seem like a team happy with their centers. What need hole did Hodgson actually fill for the Sabres? What you are really forgetting is the timeline. Ennis was on the wing when the Sabres made the deal. What they thought they were getting in Hodgson, they didn't know they already had in Ennis (plus some.) It was a bad trade.
1) Regier didn't know where he would be drafting at the time of the trade...nor did he know the two young centers would be available to draft.
2) The knock on Kassian both in Buffalo mid-season and Vancouver down the stretch was his absence of physical play. Zack appeared to be attempting to control his emotions/focus on his offensive game at the expense of being the wrecking ball from ****. So the very thing that made him an asset for Buffalo was not being displayed on a consistent basis.
3) Hodgson had a rather poor showing with the Sabres after arriving at the trade deadline...but make no mistake about it, this kids hockey sense and leadership skills are things that are hard to find. He is future captain material, and for a team that has been accused of being mentally weak at times, is a welcome addition.
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