Kassian vs Hodgson
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01-24-2013, 05:29 PM
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I'd take Hodgson over Kassian every single time. As someone who has watched Kassian play both here and in Rochester I rarely have been impressed. He's playing with the Sedins twins on first line and receiving power play time...He should easily put up points with 2 of the best players in the league. Buffalo needed centers, Canucks needed grit. We had Foligno who was so much better then Kassian at every single aspect of the game. So Kassian was expendable as he was not really doing much of anything well for the Sabres.
You don't need to put down Kassian to pump up Hodgson.
While I agree that Kassian was underwhelming and highly inconsistent for Buffalo, he has absolutely played well in the early going this year for Vancouver.
I absolutely would not trade back now though, so Hodgson for me. He has crazy high hockey IQ, his skating has improved, and he filled a huge hole on our roster. I think he has the potential to be Pominville as a center, basically, which is a great two-way forward, a good leader, and a consistent top line player. Kassian has plenty of potential too, but I think he's got quite a bit farther to go than Hodgson to fulfill it. He's had a good start this year, but for a kid who had major problems with consistency, I have a hard time banking on it lasting a whole season. I think he will have a lot of peaks and valleys in his play while he continues to develop.
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