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05-09-2013, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by kanuck87 View Post
You're probably going to get a lot of flack for this, but I agree with you. He doesn't seem to have that killer instinct that someone like him needs to succeed in the league. He doesn't play with a purpose out there on the ice. All the reasons why we brought him here for, there hasn't been enough of those plays to make me think he can put it all together to be a major impact player.

There's time for him to turn on that switch to be a monster or even just an effective top-6er, but I don't think we should ignore these issues just because he's 22. Being young doesn't neccessarily mean that there'll eventually be a big development jump coming.
I think the coaches have reigned him in. Look at the penalty D. Sedin got for his hit to see why they might be afraid to have Kassian running wild with a killer instinct all over the ice.

I agree though that his potential is being squandered if he's not bowling guys over and playing with a mean streak.

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