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06-26-2009, 08:12 PM
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First Round Pick Zack Kassian RW

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/zack_kassian
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The 6'3, 205-pound right winger is a power forward prospect. He has imposing size and has shown a willingness to use it. While he may not have as much offensive upside as other forwards at the top of the draft order, Kassian's total package of size, checking, and energetic play make him an appealing addition to a club looking for a top-six forward who can open up the ice for other teammates. An ability to put the puck in the net adds to his value as he has proven he won't be an offensive liability with more skilled teammates.
I can't remember the last time the Sabres took the player I wanted in the 1st round. They finally did it.

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I wanna see him lining up opposite Vanek in a few years.

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I can't remember the last time the Sabres took the player I wanted in the 1st round. They finally did it.
I was fine with the Vanek and Myers picks.

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06-26-2009, 08:18 PM
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When will he be AHL ready?

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Yes!!!!

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06-26-2009, 08:30 PM
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"You want to talk nasty? You want to talk Milan Lucic? That's Zach Kassian. He's been drafted by a team with lots of undersized players. He was an organizational need for the Sabres." - Pierre McGuire

It will be interesting if he pans out how many times the 2 will fight over the years being in the same division and all.

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When will he be AHL ready?
Kassian doesn't turn 20 until January 2011, so he won't be AHL-eligible for a while. Hopefully, he can make the Sabres before then.

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06-26-2009, 08:32 PM
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http://insidehockey.com/blog/ottawa_..._draft_preview


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Zach Kassian: Another right winger, Kassian does not have the wheels that Glennie has. He will though, go through you and loves to play physically. Having talked to a few people who watched him in Peterborough, Kassian might be ready for the NHL this season and could be the power forward the Sens have long coveted
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I was fine with the Vanek and Myers picks.
Myers especially looks like an extremely good pick with how well he's developed.

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Epic battle here:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjvdwXBle1Q

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I'll try and keep it as constructive as possible but... I'm not even sure Kassian is guaranteed to have better offensive potential at the next level than another Peterborough Pete we have on our team. Patrick Kaleta.

A little extreme but I do not agree with drafting a player like this for an organizational need. You get players like this via free agency (Overpay Chris Neil at $2Million if you have to and dump Hecht somehow.) I find it hard to believe that Buffalo viewed Kassian as BPA at #13 and his style of play didn't influence the decision at all. Even if you have a really great player that could fill an organizational need you don't draft that player if there's a better player on the board.

It's just my opinion on Kassian and I expected us to draft him but it's really a shame this organization will never have the balls to draft a player like Kulikov when he's gift wrapped for us.

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DOB - January 24, 1991
No surprise there. Like 60% of Canadian players are born in January, February and March.

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I'll try and keep it as constructive as possible but... I'm not even sure Kassian is guaranteed to have better offensive potential at the next level than another Peterborough Pete we have on our team. Patrick Kaleta.

A little extreme but I do not agree with drafting a player like this for an organizational need. You get players like this via free agency (Overpay Chris Neil at $2Million if you have to and dump Hecht somehow.) I find it hard to believe that Buffalo viewed Kassian as BPA at #13 and his style of play didn't influence the decision at all. Even if you have a really great player that could fill an organizational need you don't draft that player if there's a better player on the board.

It's just my opinion on Kassian and I expected us to draft him but it's really a shame this organization will never have the balls to draft a player like Kulikov when he's gift wrapped for us.
and who is to say that Kulikov isn't the next Marek Zagrapan ....

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Wow, is it an error ??? Finally a big forward who can score !!!

Very happy with this selection, there is something we had to improve and i hope to see him very soon.

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I'll try and keep it as constructive as possible but... I'm not even sure Kassian is guaranteed to have better offensive potential at the next level than another Peterborough Pete we have on our team. Patrick Kaleta.

A little extreme but I do not agree with drafting a player like this for an organizational need. You get players like this via free agency (Overpay Chris Neil at $2Million if you have to and dump Hecht somehow.) I find it hard to believe that Buffalo viewed Kassian as BPA at #13 and his style of play didn't influence the decision at all. Even if you have a really great player that could fill an organizational need you don't draft that player if there's a better player on the board.

It's just my opinion on Kassian and I expected us to draft him but it's really a shame this organization will never have the balls to draft a player like Kulikov when he's gift wrapped for us.
could it be the lucic effect?? buffalo trying to grab one?? sure there was more talent available but the kid might have the intangibles that are necessary in todays nhl.. i actually hoped boston would trade up to get him.. u just cant overlook guys who have so many tools. The same was said about lucic when he was drafted.. Slow feet, tough as nails, needs to work on his skating significantly to get a shot... then he made the team at his 2nd camp.. now wouldnt trade him for the world.. sometimes intangibles are much more reliable than potential talent..

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I'll try and keep it as constructive as possible but... I'm not even sure Kassian is guaranteed to have better offensive potential at the next level than another Peterborough Pete we have on our team. Patrick Kaleta.

A little extreme but I do not agree with drafting a player like this for an organizational need. You get players like this via free agency (Overpay Chris Neil at $2Million if you have to and dump Hecht somehow.) I find it hard to believe that Buffalo viewed Kassian as BPA at #13 and his style of play didn't influence the decision at all. Even if you have a really great player that could fill an organizational need you don't draft that player if there's a better player on the board.

It's just my opinion on Kassian and I expected us to draft him but it's really a shame this organization will never have the balls to draft a player like Kulikov when he's gift wrapped for us.
The Sabres have had great luck with Russian-born players over the years.

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How good a fighter is this kid? With Peters not likely returning I think there's an outside chance he's on the team this year.

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I really wanted them to grab Schroeder, but I guess Kassian seems like a safe pick. I can't see him with much upside, and he strikes me as a guy who probably won't score more than 20 goals in a season. I'm not upset, but I really do think that Schroeder is going to be a much better NHL player.

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I'll try and keep it as constructive as possible but... I'm not even sure Kassian is guaranteed to have better offensive potential at the next level than another Peterborough Pete we have on our team. Patrick Kaleta.

A little extreme but I do not agree with drafting a player like this for an organizational need. You get players like this via free agency (Overpay Chris Neil at $2Million if you have to and dump Hecht somehow.) I find it hard to believe that Buffalo viewed Kassian as BPA at #13 and his style of play didn't influence the decision at all. Even if you have a really great player that could fill an organizational need you don't draft that player if there's a better player on the board.

It's just my opinion on Kassian and I expected us to draft him but it's really a shame this organization will never have the balls to draft a player like Kulikov when he's gift wrapped for us.
Comparing Kaleta to Kassian is absolutely nuts.

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How good a fighter is this kid? With Peters not likely returning I think there's an outside chance he's on the team this year.
He's not an enforcer, but if he can play 2nd line and throw down like Milan Lucic...that's pretty damn nice to have in the top 6.

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Comparing Kaleta to Kassian is absolutely nuts.
Offensively? Not so much.

Kassian is much much slower.

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I really wanted them to grab Schroeder, but I guess Kassian seems like a safe pick. I can't see him with much upside, and he strikes me as a guy who probably won't score more than 20 goals in a season. I'm not upset, but I really do think that Schroeder is going to be a much better NHL player.
I like Schroeder and I'm usually proponent of the BPA approach in the NHL draft, but how many tiny wingers does one pipeline need? Kassian is unlike anyone in the Sabres' system, so I'm pretty happy with the selection. It was either Kassian, Palmieri or Josefsen for me.

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Kassian... nice. Totally on board with the sentiment that I'll give up some points for a guy who's big, plays big, and can throw down, all while putting up some nice offensive skills.

Well done, Darcy. The trend away from pure talent midgets is welcome.

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No surprise there. Like 60% of Canadian players are born in January, February and March.
random stat. Why is this? Or why do you think this?

So that mean teh secks in April/May/June?

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Offensively? Not so much.

Kassian is much much slower.
and his offensive ability (well, potential) is much, much better

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