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05-09-2013, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by CanaFan View Post
I agree it "shouldn't" but it definitely "can". Adapting and growing as a player isn't just skills development, it is also about learning to live and train like a pro, adapting to the pressures and expectations of being a million-dollar athlete. Hell, how many veterans and All-Stars perform better in contract years than in the year after signing a big contract? Being consistent is something all players struggle with, so seeing it in a 22 year old is hardly a shocker. I agree 100% he needs to get better. Hopefully he will. But saying he *won't* just because he hasn't at age 22 is staggeringly short-sighted ...
I agree, and I never said.

But the thing that you need to ask yourself is where is the improvement? I'm not seeing a lot of growth in the 2012-13 Kassian vis-a-vis the 2011-12 one:

-2011-12: 30 GP, 15 G, 26 P, +4
-2012-13: 29 GP, 8 G, 21 P, -3

Pretty alarming, IMO. 8 goals in 29 AHL games - nearly half the total as the prior year? Really? And this is a guy that people are clamoring to have play with Daniel & Henrik?!?

-2011-12: 44 GP, 4 G, 10 P, -2
-2012-13: 43 GP, 7 G, 11 P, -7

Again, I ask: where is the improvement? Where are the signs of life?

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