Kassian itching to return

After being handed a 20-game suspension stemming from his January 10th hit on Barrie's Matt Kennedy, Zack Kassian is officially one week away from his March 7th return to the Windsor Spitfire lineup. Earlier this week, QMI spoke with Spits GM Warren Rychel and the tough-as-nails 19-year old about the time off and the impact his return could have on the talented club.

"He is going to be a huge addition for us going into the playoffs," Rychel said. "Zack's a physical fitness freak. He's been very good staying in shape. There is no problem that way."

With Windsor and Barrie clearly the class of their respective conferences, Kassian appears ready to move forward by sticking to his game.

If it should play out for the top seeds that way, Kassian said he won't shy away from contact with anyone, including Kennedy.

Kassian never spoke to Kennedy about the hit.

He held no grudge against Kennedy before or after the hit.

"It's the way I play. Hard, physical hockey.

"That's my game," Kassian said.

SabresProspects fully anticipates Kassian to make a significant impact in the OHL playoffs, where the intimidation factor should create space and set a tone for the loaded Spits. Having the 6'3 bull back-up their efforts physically while getting back in touch with his offensive side looks to be a win/win for both Kassian's current club and his future employer in Buffalo.
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Anonymous
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010 ×

With the Sabres trading their 2nd and acquiring 3rd and 4th round picks, how many picks do we have going into the 2010 draft?

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010 ×

Could be wrong but i think we had two 2nd rounders because of the Bernier trade so now we have a 1st, 2nd, two 3rd rounders, and one 4th rounder because we gave up ours when we traded for that goaltender in Phoenix last year. As far as after that, I think are 5th, 6th, and 7th are still there.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010 ×

I think we have a 1st, 3 3rd's, a 4th, a 5th, a 6th and 2 7th's.
One 3rd is Boston's.
Other 3rd is ATL's
The 4th is ATL's.
One 7th is SJ's.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010 ×

anon 1:40, thanks I totally forgot about the Paille trade. My mistake with the Bernier trade the 2nd round pick was for 2009 but I looked it up and we also got a 2010 3rd round pick for him, so does that mean FOUR 3rd round picks plus the conditional pick we got from Boston? I smell a trade

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Anonymous
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Thursday, March 04, 2010 ×

...never mind forget it. I don't wanna confuse anyone cuz I'm not certain. Help us out here Kris.

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Kris Baker
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Friday, March 05, 2010 ×

http://www.sabresprospects.com/2010/03/post-deadline-status-heading-into-draft.html

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