Thread: Value of: Zack Kassian
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09-23-2013, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by TylerSVT View Post
He is big and can put the puck in the net with some decent skill, but he has the hockey IQ of a brick and is really undisciplined. If he didnt have mush for brains he would probably be a very good winger for the Sedins, but i dont think he plays a fast enough, smart enough, game for those 2.
Oh man a 22 year old isn't smart enough to play with two of highest IQ players in the league? What a waste of a roster spot right?

People have this notion that being on the Sedin line is easy, but it's a role that ends up being a lot more strict than playing on the wing of another line because their games are so well defined at this point. Say what you want about Burrows but he's one of the smartest forwards we have- he knows exactly where to be at both ends of the ice and he has the wheels to get there. That's a rarity and one of the main reasons for his success.

Sure, Kassian needs to work on finding space in the offensive zone and on player coverage in the defensive zone, but his level of playmaking ability doesn't exist in players without any hockey IQ. Call him dumb as a brick off the ice if you want, but on the ice he simply a young kid still adjusting to the best league in the world.

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