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01-31-2013, 12:46 PM
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vanwest
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Originally Posted by Proto View Post
Another thing Kassian does well is use a strong base -- probably aided by all the work he did last summer. He's not the biggest power forward at this point in his career, but he plants his feet widely and has very good balance. Watch the way he uses his body to shield the puck. He even does it 5-7 feet before he gets to a puck along the boards to stop the defender from catching him off balance.

That part of his game reminds me a bit of Joe Thornton.
Good point. Today's defencemen are so big. After years of watching Canucks fall down in the corners I'm always amazed at how solid he is. The Sedins have been dishing off the puck to him along the boards and he has held off two defenders at times to make a play. You can see him bracing even before he gets the puck.
One other thing I noticed last night is that he braced in the corner and then snuck a peek to see where Daniel was even before Henrik had passed the puck to Kassian. That really surprised me for a guy his age as it is usually the Sedins who sneak that peek.

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