1/30 Recap: Kassian getting debugged; Sutch scratched

Zack Kassian continued to battle a flu bug Sunday as Windsor coughed up a late lead in a 5-4 loss to Kitchener. The 6'3 winger, who started the game at RW with Alexander Khoklachev and Tom Kuhnhackl and later saw saw time at center, made a few nice set-ups, killed penalties, and later drew one after receiving a pass in front of the Rangers net, but did not produce any points for the fourth time in his past five games. Entering the third period with a 4-2 lead, the Spitfires were 17-0 when leading after two before allowing the Rangers three unanswered goals. Windsor (27-16-2-2) returns to action on Thursday when they host Mississauga.

Elsewhere in the OHL, Gregg Sutch was listed as a healthy scratch as Mississauga defeated Sarnia, 7-1. The 6'2 grinder, who returned this weekend for a pair of games after missing the previous eight, was on the receiving end of a stick-brreaking slash from Peterborough goaltender Bryce O'Hagan in the final minute of the Majors' Saturday night win.
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Mike H.
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Wednesday, February 02, 2011 ×

Kris,

I noticed that Kassian also played center in the quarterfinal game of the juniors against the Swiss. Do you see him as at least a part time center at the pro level? It would be nice to have that option.

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, February 02, 2011 ×

Mike -

Kassian can definitely play center. Two reasons it may be worth a deeper dive:

1) his most underrated skill is his passing aptitude. Pretty soft hands for a guy known for a more power game.

2) He actually had one of the better FO % those who took draws at the WJC.

Bundle that in with his big body deployed to the slot and lower, and I think you have some versatility to look into.

Makes sense for him to be penciled it at wing for scaled back D assignments etc, but it's a nice card to be able to play when needed.

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Mike H.
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Saturday, February 05, 2011 ×

Thanks for the response, Kris. If Jochen Hecht can play center, I think Kassian can do okay.

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, February 05, 2011 ×

Jochen Hecht can play center?

Just kidding. I don't want to bag on JH too hard. He's just so much of a straight-line guy. I like to keep those guys on the boards.

One thing about Hecht I'd like to see is an Elias Sports Bureau stat computing the percentage of his SOG that are backhands. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like it'd be about 75%.

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