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Edmonton Oilers reclamation project Zack Kassian completed the transition from villain to folk hero

Edmonton Oilers reclamation project Zack Kassian completed the transition from villain to folk hero
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most notably in a pair of incidents involving Sam Gagner in the fall of 2013. First Kassian caved in Gagner’s jaw with a brutally careless high stick in an exhibition game that earned him an eight-game suspension, then upon his return to Edmonton a couple months later,I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to suggest that Zack Kassian was a hated man in Edmonton. He had caused plenty of grief for the Oilers as a Vancouver Canucks ruffian, taunted the Oiler for wearing a face shield that he wore through the extended recovery period. The two events in combination rubbed a whole lot of people — this one included — the wrong way.

 but showed a repeated tendency for coming off the rails. Shortly after he was traded to Montreal in the summer of 2015, his life did the same,Kassian played some effective hockey in Vancouver at times, after a late-night car accident not only landed the big winger on injured reserve but resulted in an extended stint in rehab for substance abuse. It was a sordid story, the type that ends unhappily far too often. 

When his rehab ended just after Christmas 2015, it didn’t come as a surprise that the Canadiens moved him along to another NHL city for a fresh start. What was a surprise was the city was Edmonton. The trade was a one-for-one deal for beleaguered goaltender Ben Scrivens  who had worn out his own welcome in Edmonton for his play on the ice.

 Kassian found himself back in the NHL with the Oilers where he finished the season. He won some fans with his rambunctious style of play, while he beat a steady path to the penalty box and/or the dressing room with 114 PiM, but his production dried up after an early spurt, including 6 misconducts,After a short stint in Bakersfield, in just 36 games. While there were promising signs he was getting his life back under control, his game was in tatters. As I wrote in this series one year ago:

 at least compared to his last two seasons in Vancouver when he averaged 1.9 and 1.8 points per 60 minutes at even strength, with goals accounting for over half of those points. In Edmonton he fell to just 1.1 EVP/60, and just 0.4 goals. He had the worst possession numbers of his career,[url=http://www.sharkshockeyshop.com/adidas-martin-jones-jersey]Authentic Martin Jones jersey[/url],Kassian’s own numbers plummeted, and the worst percentages (PDO). We already talked about the penalties, also by far the worst differential of his career.

 that this may just have been a bad year for this player. Indeed,[url=http://www.sharkshockeyshop.com/adidas-brent-burns-jersey]Authentic Brent Burns jersey[/url], under the circumstances under which it began, how could it not be? The hope was he’d turn things around on the ice,A case can and probably should be made,[url=http://www.bluesofficialhockey.com/adidas-alex-pietrangelo-jersey]Authentic Alex Pietrangelo jersey[/url], but the bigger issue was turning things around in his life. The fact that he appears to have made huge progress there could be cited by Chiarelli as justification enough to invest another year in this player. The one-year offer was the only one that was ever going to make sense, and barring other changes will leave him still under club control when it expires twelve months from now.

That one-year extension at $1.5 MM turned out to be a wise investment. Kassian turned up at camp faster and leaner (listed at 207 pounds, producing modest boxcars of 7-17-24,[url=http://www.bluesofficialhockey.com/adidas-vladimir-tarasenko-jersey]Authentic Vladimir Tarasenko jersey[/url], Benoit Pouliot, every last one of which was earned at even strength. Overall he produced a respectable 1.74 points per 60 to rank fifth on the club, pretty reasonable for a guy who played in the bottom six most of the year. His most common linemates were Mark Letestu,[url=http://www.lightningofficialhockey.com/adidas-jonathan-drouin-jersey]Authentic Jonathan Drouin jersey[/url], Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 10 below his playing weight of the previous campaign). His offensive game came around in fits and spurts, David Desharnais and  Drake Caggiula — none of whom averaged as much as 1.5 EVP/60. At the other end of the line-up, Matt Hendricks, he played barely an hour each with Leon Draisaitl and Patrick Maroon, half that with Connor McDavid. Kassian scored 2-2-4 in just 38 minutes with phenom; otherwise there’s not much on the record suggesting “easy” points. 

 some on justified calls, some not so much. It didn’t cost him a 20-goal season (!) as I saw suggested somewhere on the Internet recently,Kassian was further snakebitten by the video review process that cost him 3 or 4 goals along the way, but he was surely unlucky not to reach double digits.

 and earned the coach’s trust to the degree that he became a semi-regular on the penalty kill, averaging over a minute per game on the third unit. In the playoffs that assignment very nearly doubled to 1:58 per game,He also became a plus player for the first time in his career, solidly among the top four PKers. 

 but it was a more modest 101 PiM in 79 games, mind you — just ask Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson, about 1.3 minutes per game compared to the previous season’s 3.2. Just one misconduct was incurred along the way as the player did a much better job of containing his emotions. He still played with plenty of edge, who made the mistake of running Hendricks into the end boards with a dirty check from behind that drew instant retribution from Kassian, who then challenged all comers in the aftermath. The big winger had two assists in that game,But the big part of Zack Kassian’s game was the solid physical presence he brought on a nightly basis. He again led the team in penalty minutes, a disallowed goal, and played a major role in ending a painful streak of 26 (!) games against Arizona without a regulation win. Kassian won a lot of fans in Oil Country that night.

 Kassian crashed and banged his way to 201 official hits, while Patrick Maroon wasn’t far behind at 189. Todd McLellan’s preference was to deploy each of those guys on different lines, just the third Oilers forward to reach that total in the recorded history of the stat. That still wasn’t quite enough to lead the forwards, as Milan Lucic had 202, meaning the Oilers had a large, ornery winger on the ice most of the time. By eye,[url=http://www.sharkshockeyshop.com/adidas-martin-jones-jersey]adidas Martin Jones jersey[/url],The physical game also included plenty of old-fashioned hitting. After having never achieved as many as 100 hits in a season previously, the team in blue and orange wasn’t getting pushed around any more,[url=http://www.sharkshockeyshop.com/adidas-brent-burns-jersey]adidas Brent Burns jersey[/url], indeed on many nights they were the ones doing the pushing.

 especially the San Jose series. His shorthanded breakaway goal stood up as the game-winner in a 2-0 Oilers win in Game Two, a night that he drilled several Sharks with punishing hits and earned first star honours. Two nights later in San Jose,Kassian saved his biggest moments for the playoffs,[url=http://www.bluesofficialhockey.com/adidas-alex-pietrangelo-jersey]adidas Alex Pietrangelo jersey[/url], Kassian struck again for the only goal in a 1-0 Edmonton triumph.

Having survived the one-year good-citizenship test, a modicum of scoring, but not an unreasonable one for the amount of game he brings. I’ve come to view him as a modern-day Ethan Moreau,[url=http://www.bluesofficialhockey.com/adidas-vladimir-tarasenko-jersey]adidas Vladimir Tarasenko jersey[/url], a solid third-liner with an uncompromisingly robust game, and some capability to contribute on the defensive side of the puck. Both had the size, ferocity, and raw tools to go in the first round of their respective drafts — Moreau 13th overall (1994),[url=http://www.lightningofficialhockey.com/adidas-jonathan-drouin-jersey]adidas Jonathan Drouin jersey[/url], at season’s end he was rewarded with a three-year extension that will earn him a shade under $2 million annually. That’s a big investment for a bottom six winger, Kassian 14th (2009) — and while neither became the dominant power forward the scouts envisioned, each turned into an effective regular NHLer.

Of course that book is not yet closed on Zack Kassian, who at 26 has 300+ NHL games under his belt and who may yet turn the corner as a more substantial offensive contributor. Certainly there is room for growth for a player who has already come a long way during his first 18 months in Edmonton.

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