Could the Canucks look to move Kassian?

Ed Willes, The Province writes … The idea of trading Kassian should scare the poop out of Canucks fans. No one knows what the man-child will become, but you know what he could become and that’s irreplaceable at the NHL level.

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32 Responses to Could the Canucks look to move Kassian?

  1. lafleur10 says:


    • doorman says:

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all of you here at HTR. Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!@!

  2. LN91 says:

    Nylander’s beauty:

    High-end talent, some scouts believe he can be a first-line centre…leafy, when was the last time the Leafs drafted someone possibly of his calibre?

    • leafy says:

      A top notch forward like Nylander, you have to go way back to the 1980s when the Leafs drafted Vinny Damphousse and Wendel Clark. It has been a while. lol

      Nylander looks like exactly what the Leafs need. Great pick.

      • LN91 says:

        Exactly…It all depends on how he develops and gets used to North America (which, I hope he does), but Nylander is exactly what the Leafs need. An actual building block as opposed to another supporting cast player.

        Scouts have seemed to be fond of him as a ‘Center’ as well.

      • LN91 says:

        A very positive article as well! Nylander-mania.

        Also, I have liked the play of Gauthier as well. He will be a two-way 3rd-line C-Men, but the guy is a great defensive player, has a strong cycle game, and very good at the dot. If he ever gets some offence, watch out.

        Completely different type of talent then Bozak-Kadri brings.

    • lafleur10 says:

      i think it s early to claim he s high end talent he s ok in the wjc but not great

      • LN91 says:

        He’s been one of the best players in the WJC, been one of the best (if not best) players in the SHL.

        What else does he have to do?

        • lafleur10 says:

          DE LA ROSE HAS BEEN BETTER THAN HIM like i said he’s good but high hardly

          • LN91 says:

            De La Rose is not better, not even drafted higher. De La Rose has not even produced more points then Nylander.

            That’s like saying Johnny Gaudreau is better then Alex Galchenyuk.

            • lafleur10 says:

              de la rose was a second rd pick and he’s producing points like nylander and right now he’s a head of nylander in terms of his development he was the last cut from our team and had the 1 games in the nhl before we sent him toi hamilton …..and imo i think de la rose will be a regular next season or he has a great shot

              • LN91 says:

                De La Rose is only ahead in development due to being a full year older…It does not take a genius to realize that.

                Also, name a moment when De La Rose was equal or better then Nylander? Even better, name a moment when De La Rose outperformed Andreas Johnson. Do not deflect this question please.

                Nylander was a last cut for the Leafs too wise one…They had an option of sending him to the Marlies, SHL, or CHL and they made the right decision.

              • leafmeister says:

                You’re adorable lafleur10. Never change.

    • lafleur10 says:

      also high end talent is macdavid,eichel and he iisn’t even in those guys league he’s miles below them if he was that good or high end he would’ve made the leafs out of training camp he’s good but not high end the leafs also have tendencies to ruin prospects like him…. didn’t leafs fans claim kadri was high end talent as well? and how’s that worked out for you? i remember when kadri was in the wjc’s leafs fans went as far as to say he was better than hall and eberle he couldn’t tape either of those guys stick at the moment

      • LN91 says:

        I never said that about Kadri, some here did, but I never liked the way he played.

        I never said Nylander was Eichel or McDavid…But can he be a Giroux? Why not? The entire Sweden team is already leaning on him. Modo is leaning on him, and he has produced more points at his age then some of the best Swedish players in the game. He’s also 18-years old.

        Also, what does making it out of training camp have to do anything? Toronto has been more patient with prospects lately and it is the right move. Most NHL teams would do that.

        You’re talking out of your ass. Let’s talk about how McCarron could not even make Team USA in 2 years.

        • lafleur10 says:

          maccaron wasn’t a 8th overall pick either and your hpyping nylander to be some great player,like i said if he was anything special he’d have made the leafs out of training camp it maybe wasn’t you that said that about kadri but it was said,if your going to try and make yourself a comparsion instead of using macaron why don’ you use galchenyuk ,but that still would be unfair because he’s better than nylander is and will continue to be he’s on his way to being a star and a 1st line center…i doubt nylander will be giroux quite possibly jonas hoglund or robert reichel i guess time will tell… yoiur the one talking out of your ass trying to hype up a prospect ythat has potential calling him high end, he’s not even close to high end macdavid,eichel are high end e isn’t if you said he could have high end potential you ‘d hav grounds for a valid arguement butsaying he’s high end because he was 8th overall and a leafs prospect is absurd

          • LN91 says:

            Eichel/McDavid are generational…Not high-end. High-end are mostly top-line players but not the best in the league. Get your facts straight.

            Also, scouts said Nylander could be one of the best players in his draft. He only dropped because he is European. Look at guys like Teravainen, etc.

            Reichel and Hoglund are absurd comparisons…While were at it, De La Rose is like Eric Fehr.

            • leafy says:

              One other criticism of Nylander that I can’t fathom is his size.

              Question: What do Sidney Crosby, Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman have in common? They are all 5’11’ like Nylander.

              Some of the best players the game has ever seen were Nylander’s size.

              • TmLeafan says:

                Ya for sure, good point. I remember at the draft I was thinking that he doesn’t look as small as a lot of people were saying. 5’11 175 pounds for an 18 year old that is nothing to worry about it.

        • lafleur10 says:

          making it out of training camp says alot about a player and his potential,especailly when you have a team that’s not that good like the leafs are ,the year we drafted galchenyuk 3rd overall he came to training that fall and made it as an 18 yr old that says alot about him and his talent and how good he is

          • LN91 says:

            Sam Reinhart made it out of training camp, terrible decision.

            Leon Draisaitl made it out of training camp, terrible decision.

            What’s your point? Besides Ekblad, all the other teams drafted players that were not ready. Looks like 29 teams drafted a bunch of lemons.

            You’re logic is scattered.

            • TmLeafan says:

              Lafleur Nylander is an elite prospect don’t know how you can deny that. Cory Pronman who does all the draft rankings for ESPN had him rated 3rd overall in his final draft ranking ahead of Draisatl, Bennett, Dal Colle, Virtanen.

              He has been one of the best players at this tournament no question about it. And comparing him to De la Rose is laughable thats like saying that Alex Tuch is better than Eichel

              • TmLeafan says:

                Hes also on pace to put up more points than Nicolas Backstrom did in the SHL the year after his was drafted and way more than Filip Forsberg who is having himself a nice season in Nashville

            • leafmeister says:


              • doorman says:

                lol, exactly. Nylander I think turns out to be a nice player with a high ceiling. Does he reach it? Time will tell. To say at 18-20 one player is this or that is a matter of opinion based on your team.

  3. leafy says:

    Horrible game by the Leafs. Wow

  4. leafy says:

    Phaneuf had a tough game. But the Leafs absolutely need to get rid of Gardiner. He is just awful.

    • LN91 says:

      Easy to blame Phaneuf and Gardiner…But the team was outshot 25-6 at one point (or something like that). The entire team is not that good.

      On the other hand…Possible Stanley Cup contending team in a few years with the Panthers. Bjustad, Trocheck, Barkov, Huberdeau, Ebland, and Gudbranson are all 22 years of age and younger…And that’s some high-end talent (Take notes Edmonton).

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        Looking back would you pull the trigger on the rumored JVR and 8th overall (Nylander) for Ekblad, had no idea this guy would be this good.

        New rule in the 1st round only draft a center or blueliner. Stupid Oilers.

        • Steven_Leafs0 says:

          I still wouldn’t but I wouldn’t be upset if the Leafs made that move. Ekblad is exactly what we need but JVR and Nylander are excellent top line wingers for the Leafs (if we are lucky Nylander will develop into a center).

          Ekblad would be awesome though.

          • leafs_wallace93 says:

            JVR & Nylander for Ekblad
            Kessel for Jones and Forsberg
            Gardiner + Kadri or Franson for O’Rielly

            O’Rielly – Forsberg

            Phaneuf – Rielly
            Ekblad – Jones

            I like those pieces long term over what we have now.

  5. leafs_wallace93 says:

    At this point I hope Franson gets busted for steroids or something.

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