Now let’s take a gander at a forward that the Canucks would be very happy drafting. Zack Kassian is one badass dude and there’s a high chance he’ll be gone by the time the Canucks pick. But if he does happen to fall to the Canucks, well, RAWRRR. It’s all in his NHL.com profile. Kassian had 63 points (24 goals 39 assists) in 61 games with the Peterborough Petes last season. He’s 6’3” and 210 and plays physical. This past season he had 136 penalty minutes. It’s a dirty little secret that the guys who go to the box a lot for playing rough make me swoon. I’ll be honest his roster pic scared me a little. Heh.
Kassian says this about his style of play, As a hockey player, I see myself as an in-your-face type banger, all-around hockey player who goes in the dirty areas and goes to the net hard to get some dirty goals as well.
And this about who he patterns his game after I would have to go with Todd Bertuzzi and Milan Lucic, a little more leaning to Milan Lucic’s style. Both are great players. Obviously Todd was a great player in his prime and they’re definitely two key guys I watch and try to learn stuff off of.
Oooooh. He’ll bring all the girls to the yard. Damn right his hockey style is better than yours. But don’t just take his word for it. Here’s his scouting report.
“Kassian is one of the toughest guys in the OHL and probably the entire draft. Last season as an under-ager there were overage guys in the league who would not take him on. He has not fought much this season (because) he has not had to. He is at his best when he is playing physical and tough along the boards. He protects the puck very well and fights through checks. He has very good play-making and puck-handling abilities.”
Zack’s favourite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs and his favourite player is Todd Bertuzzi. His preferred pump up song is “Thunderstruck” by ACDC and his go to website is dropyourgloves.com. BAD ASS. I was leaning towards the Canucks picking an offensive defenceman in the first round, but I think you have to snap this guy up if you have the chance. Can you imagine him rolling down the ice with Cody Hodgson and Michael Grabner? Coooooooo. I’d need a cold shower. Now I just need to make a poster for the draft that says “I’m Kuckoo for Kassian he makes me Kooooo” and we’re good to go.