3/28 Recap: Kassian bullish in Spits win

Zack Kassian earned #1 star honors Monday, posting a pair of first period assists and providing a major physical element to help Windsor to a 6-2 win over Erie. It was Kassian’s bullish game that earned the first-star recognition, as he again kept his feet moving to push bodies, attempt more one-on-one plays, and generally get the puck to the net. Seemingly upping his battle to assist the Spits to a 2-1 series lead, Monday’s effort was exactly the style of game that made that the 6’3 wing the 13th overall pick in the 2009 draft. The now head back to Erie for Wednesday’s game #4.

Elsewhere in the OHL, Marcus Foligno finished -1 as Sudbury downed Ottawa for the second straight game, 5-3. Foligno provided power forward muscle in the contest, using his strength to win 50/50 battles, and like Kassian, succeed in getting the puck to the net for scoring chances. The captain grinding his gears helped the Wolves to a 53-18 advantage in shots on goal. The two teams will reconvene Tuesday with Sudbury holding a 2-0 series lead.

In the WHL, Mark Pysyk logged a -2 as Edmonton lost game #3 of their first round series to Red Deer, 3-1. The steady captain put a scare into Oil Kings nation in the early third period when he took a puck to the head and returned to the bench on wobbly legs with the score knotted at zero. Pysyk, who previously put EDM fans on pins and needles when he was rammed hard into the boards early in game #1, would return to action minutes later. On the verge of being swept, the Oil Kings will look to extend their season another day when they take the ice Thursday in Edmonton.
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Triple
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 ×

Once the OHL season is over what are the chances Kassian joins the Sabres in the playoffs?

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boos
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 ×

hey kris,

any word on whether or not buffalo is one of the many teams interested in merrimack college sophomore, stephane de costa?

the kid is a center, 21 yrs. old, and is said to be nhl ready...

thoughts?

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 ×

Triple - Kassian will go to Portland. He's not quite ready to join the Sabres yet, nor do they want to bring him up and get him artificially comfortable. If he goes ballistic in Portland, so be it. Call him up at that point, but definitely start him on the farm and go from there.

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 ×

boos - Da Costa is a good player. Not sure if he's an serious impact guy at NHL level, so I don't see Buffalo as a serious player. I suspect they'll be active on some other guys though. If they agree with me, Miele is more worth the kick than Da Costa. Smallish yes, but a good distributor who'd I have zero issue with signing. None. Knowing there's not a ton of options down the middle and likely resigned to building via the draft, just go get the best offensive talent regardless of what you have now. It gives you some nice flexibility to move another smaller guy if it truly hampers you. Right now I get him, plunk him as the #1 in Portland, and go from there.

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