Hands down like he wins most/all? Future NHLer or not?
Yeah he wins just about every fight. Some say he took a loss to a non-fighter earlier this season (it was on the road and I wasn't able to find a video clip) so I wasn't able to see it. But then again I heard this from the home town fans. So I'm sure there was some homerism.
Either way the guy has beaten some of the toughest in the league. Zack Fitzgerald, Matej Trojovsky, Garth Collins, Myles Stoesz, John Flatters, Shane Halifax, and absolutely destroyed Tommy Maxwell. He is feared to say the least. Most teams in the WHL had a "don't fight Kassian" rule for a good portion of the season.
He is huge, and he can throw with both hands. He seems to have equal power with both the left and the right. He has worked real hard on his overall game and last I checked he was ranked 118 out of north american skaters.
He will definitely get drafted and does have a shot, IMO. With his size he is a project worth working on for any team.
He isn't just a 4th line tough guy either. He was used regularly on the PK, and since being traded to Kamloops he has seen PP time as well.
I think it will shock a lot of people how high Kassian goes in the draft ... I'd give pretty good odds he goes on the first day (not that I'd necessarily rate him that highly, but I think some teams definitely will). He's IMO the best enforcer prospect to come along in almost a decade since guys like Laracque, Parker, Worrell, Johnson were taken in the mid-1990s. It isn't just that he's a great fighter (which he is) - his skating ability, work ethic, and defensive play are all excellent for a player of his ilk. Plus, unlike a lot of enforcer prospects who are hotheads and nutjobs, he really seems to have his head screwed on straight and knows how to play the role. Not many dumb penalties, fights at the right times, no off-ice issues.
Kassian is very good at keeping his compsure. He is aggressive only when it is necessary. That doesn't mean he hasn't taken stupid penalties before, but as a whole he is very good in that aspect.
His skating has improved so much from last season.
Hay didn't use Kassian enough in Vancouver. Kamloops has and he has scored 3 goals (while he had 0 with Vancouver) plus he was given an "A" almost instantly. He has been a huge asset in the dressing room.
Very nice kid as well. Very down to earth with a good head on his shoulders.
Cunning continues to do pretty much nothing for Vancouver...
The thing I like about Trojo is obviously he's a good fighter. But he's an amazingly nice guy, and down to earth with a FREAKIN COOL tatoo...lol....anyways...He and Scott Bowles have probably been the best part of the Cougars trades they made at the deadline. Trojo has been great the past few weeks if you ask me. Sure he won't put up a lot of points, but he won't take ANY **** either which is defintely something the team has been missing for the past couple seasons.
He's been played in all situations, and it's really unfortunate he's a OA'er this year because I'd love to have him back next year! lol He is so vocal on the ice, and isn't a terrible skater for a guy his size. Really a good leader.
Hopefully Grant and Trojovsky hook up a few more times before the season ends. The Giants only have 5 more games left and 3 of those games are against the Cougars starting tomorrow night. Unfortunately two of those games are in Prince George so we won't be able to get the fight on tape. Hopefully they save a good scrap for the Vancouver game...