Canucks’ winger Zack Kassian shoulders burden

Via: Vancouver Province

‘If there are any red flags regarding Kassian, it’s that he hasn’t been the same intimidating, crash and bang player he was in junior hockey. A feared fighter when he split four seasons between Peterborough and Windsor, Kassian was questioned by Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff for not showing those attributes often enough at the professional level. Ruff did acknowledge Kassian’s offensive skills, though. And any first-year pro who puts up 26 points (15-11) in 30 games as a rookie in the AHL, as Kassian did in Rochester, clearly has offensive up-side.’