what is a regular NHL shift for Kassian. I doubt very much he'll see half the minutes Powe gets, for instance.
Surprisingly enough, for much of the year he was getting 7-9 minutes TOI per game. He even had over 10 minutes in that 6-0 whooping by Detroit. Over the year, he did average only 5:33 though. It's worth pointing out that he finished even in +/- in that 6-0 game where he had 10 minutes of play, so that's a pretty good sign for him.
yeah i'm not against him...just wondering what people were expecting. If he's on the bench as a nuclear deterrent I hope we churn out a really aggressive game this season to take advantage of his presence.
He projects out to 7 goals per year, based on last year.
Beats the heck out of Boogaard.
If he stays disciplined, and works on his hand-to-eye coordination, he could earn himself enough TOI to do his main job effectively. Because that's really what it is all about --can't do the job if you're not on the ice. He needs to chip in around the net, cleaning up the garbage. Not even tip goals (tho I'll take those too, if he can manage them!).
I don't usually like these type of "enforcer" players but Kassian has worked his butt off and definitely paid his dues with the Wild organization. He has tons of character, and although not my preference, I'm fine with the signing and happy for him.
Definitely a guy we can all like, and if you talk about hardwork and character, Kassian is result of that.
I remember for a while, there were articles about how the Wild were struggling to find a leader in the locker room, an identity and a voice. Kassian isn't exactly the most talented player, but he'll help mold that tough and hardworking movement Fletcher obviously wants.
I read this last night before I finally passed out and all I could say was "Thank %deity%".
Cant wait to see the Kassian - Powe - Veilleux 4th line of pure pain next year sometime. Hopefully delivering crushing blows to the likes of Ott, McLeod, and Torres.
I would love to see those three get the stuffing knocked out of them. They are the hockey equivalent to nails on a chalkboard, I can't help but grind my teeth whenever I have to look at one. Thankfully Matthew Barnaby retired...