|Assets:||Has tremendous size and strength, as well as the ability to dominate in the corners. Is aggressive, can fight and boasts a lot of scoring upside.|
|Flaws:||Has questionable hockey sense, which could hinder his ability to put up good point totals at the highest level. Takes bad penalties on occasion.|
|Career Potential:||Power forward with upside.|
|3/13/2014||Missed 3 games (suspended by nhl).|
|3/07/2014||Suspended by the NHL for 3 games.|
|10/10/2013||Missed 5 games (suspended by nhl).|
|9/23/2013||Suspended by the NHL for 5 games.|
|4/03/2013||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|3/31/2013||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|3/30/2013||Missed 5 games (back injury).|
|3/21/2013||Back injury, injured reserve.|
|3/19/2013||Missed 2 games (back injury).|
|3/16/2013||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|1/13/2013||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|9/14/2012||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|4/11/2012||Missed the last 2 regular season games (upper body injury).|
|4/05/2012||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/27/2012||Acquired from the Buffalo Sabres.|
|2/11/2012||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|2/05/2012||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|2/01/2012||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|1/07/2012||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|11/24/2011||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|9/26/2011||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|4/29/2011||Re-assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|11/02/2010||Signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|10/02/2010||Returned to his junior team (Windsor-OHL).|
|9/17/2009||Returned to his junior team (Peterborough-OHL).|
|2/27/2012||Vancouver Canucks traded Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer to the Buffalo Sabres for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Graganni.|
|6/26/2009||Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1st round (13th overall) in 2009.|
Zack Kassian picks up two points in defeat | 04/13/2014 1:29 AM
NewsZack Kassian continued his hot pace for the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night, scoring a goal and adding an assist in his team's 5-2 loss in Edmonton.
ImpactWith one game left in the Canucks' regular season, Sunday against Calgary in Vancouver, Kassian has 14 goals and 15 assists. He's been the Canucks' leading scorer in 16 games since the Olympic break with 12 points. The Canucks have not had a good season and won't be in the playoffs, but Kassian gives them some optimism for the future. The same is true for Shawn Matthias, who also had a goal (his 12th) and an assist (11th) for the Canucks in Edmonton.
Kassian leads Canucks in points post-break | 04/07/2014 11:05 AM
NewsZack Kassian has three goals and a team-leading 10 points in 15 games since the Olympic break.
ImpactKassian isn't known for his offensive abilities, but he's giving the Canucks a glimmer of hope that he might develop into a more well-rounded forward. "His whole game, with and without the puck, has been more consistent," Tortorella said. "And I think he has the puck more because he's been more consistent away from the puck." He has 13 goals and 27 points in 69 games this season.
Zack Kassian on four game scoring streak | 03/31/2014 10:39 AM
NewsZack Kassian had an assist on Saturday to boost his scoring streak to four games.
ImpactKassian has two goals and seven points in the four game streak to give him 13 goals and 26 points this season with 124 penalty minutes which is ninth best in the NHL.
Kassian scores in OT loss | 03/28/2014 3:38 AM
NewsZach Kassian scored a goal in Vancouver's 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night.
ImpactKassian is now in a three-game point streak with two goals and four assists in those games. He has 13 goals and 12 assists with 122 penalty minutes in 66 games this season. Defenseman Yannick Weber scored the other goal for the Canucks.
Zack Kassian racks up 4 assists vs. Sabres | 03/23/2014 10:59 PM
NewsZack Kassian enjoyed an exceptional night against his former team as he registered four assists in a 4-2 win over Buffalo.
ImpactIf you saw this outburst coming you might have a future as a psychic as Kassian entered the game with just eight helpers in 63 contests. Shawn Matthias also had a big night, recording a goal and two assists in the win while Brad Richardson, Yannick Weber and David Booth all tallied for the Canucks.
Zack Kassian ready to return from suspension | 03/13/2014 6:09 PM
NewsZack Kassian has finished serving his three-game suspension.
ImpactHe was banned for a hit-from-behind last Thursday on Dallas' Brenden Dillon. Kassian will be ready to return to the lineup on Friday night against Washington, so get him back in the lineup if you normally would.
NHL suspends Zack Kassian for three games | 03/07/2014 4:48 PM
NewsZack Kassian has been suspended for three games for boarding Dallas' Brenden Dillon.
ImpactDillon wasn't hurt as a result of the incident. Kassian will be eligible to return on March 14. He has 18 points and 118 penalty minutes in 59 games this season.
Zack Kassian scores 11th goal of 2013-14 | 03/02/2014 7:37 PM
NewsZack Kassian scores his 11th goal of the 2013-14 campaign as the Vancouver Canucks fell 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.
ImpactHe did a little of everything today, generating that tally, getting two PIM, three SOG and one hit. His 103 PIM make his spotty scoring and so-so peripherals easier to stomach, but fantasy owners would love to see more consistent numbers from the 23-year-old power forward.
Z. Kassian has been great offensively lately | 01/30/2014 8:41 AM
NewsZack Kassian had an assist in a 5-2 loss to Chicago on Wednesday.
ImpactKassian is more of a defensive forward, but he's been held off the scoresheet in just two of his last six matches. He now has 10 goals and 16 points to go along with his 99 penalty minutes in 49 contests this season.
Canucks' scoring dearth puzzles Zack Kassian | 01/25/2014 11:09 AM
NewsIn 52 games this season, the Canucks rank 22nd in the NHL with 2.44 goals-per-game, a number skewed only slightly lower by scoring just 30 times in the last 17 games.
ImpactIn 30 of these 52 games, the Canucks have scored two or fewer goals. "It's the same core group that has been here for a long time, and we did not have trouble scoring goals two, three, four years ago, so we don't know what it is that has crept in," Vancouver forward Zak Kassian said, "but somehow it's getting harder to get those goals. We can't blame post-and-out (bad luck) when it's years in the making. It's not a freak couple of weeks; it has been a while now and it's something we have to work on." Assistant general manager Laurence Gilman said: "We are not scoring at a level we're happy with and that clearly has to change. Whether those changes occur because our power play starts to produce or we get greater production from players whose production is down or because we go out and acquire more scoring has yet to play out. But we need to improve our offensive level."
Zack Kassian scores his 10th goal of 2013-14 | 01/22/2014 10:45 AM
NewsZack Kassian scored a goal in Vancouver's 2-1 win on Tuesday.
ImpactKassian has recorded a point in three of his last four contests. That gives him 10 goals and 14 points in 45 games this season.
Kassian scores in loss | 01/16/2014 3:00 AM
NewsZach Kassian scored a lone goal in Vancouver's 9-1 loss to Anaheim Wednesday night at Honda Center.
ImpactKassian also had 12 penalty minutes in the game. He now has nine goals and three assists with 81 penalty minutes in 42 games this season. David Booth and Alexander Edler assisted the lone goal.
Zack Kassian gets two points Tuesday | 01/08/2014 11:12 AM
NewsZack Kassian had a goal and an assist in Vancouver's 5-4 shootout loss on Tuesday.
ImpactKassian was initially questionable for the contest after leaving Sunday's game due to a potential head injury. He has 11 points and 47 penalty minutes in 39 contests this season.
Zack Kassian is healthy after scare Sunday | 01/07/2014 3:23 PM
NewsZack Kassian (head) is good to play Tuesday.
Jim Jamieson on Twitter
ImpactKassian left Sunday's game after being hit by Tom Sestito's skate boot in the forehead. Fortunately it looks like the injury wasn't significant. He has nine points and 47 penalty minutes in 38 contests in 2013-14.
Zack Kassian leaves game after head shot | 01/06/2014 8:50 AM
NewsZack Kassian was hit in his forehead by the skate boot of teammate Tom Sestito early in the second period and did not return.
ImpactKassian was dazed as he left the ice. There is no word at this time as to the severity of the injury. Stay tuned and consider him day-to-day for now.
Zack Kassian gets an assist vs Winnipeg | 12/23/2013 10:39 AM
NewsZack Kassian registered an assist in a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg.
ImpactKassian is a physical forward that ends up spending some time in the sin bin, but not enough to justify owning him in standard leagues given his limited production offensively. He has nine points and 47 penalty minutes in 33 games this season.
Tortorella doesn't want Kassian on top line | 12/13/2013 10:55 AM
NewsEven with Alex Burrows sidelined, Canucks coach John Tortorella doesn't want 22-year-old Zack Kassian on the top line.
Impact"I'm not ready to put Zack in those situations where I am playing that line against probably the top two lines on the opposing team," Tortorella said. "We're still in the process of trying to get Zack to process the game, not only with the puck but away from the puck. So that's where I'm at there. It's tough when you have to worry about pucks going in the back of your net when players just aren't ready to read those situations." Kassian was taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He does have some offensive upside, but for now he's mostly noteworthy in fantasy circles because of his aggressive style of play. He has six points and 47 penalty minutes in 27 games this season.
Zack Kassian replaced by Zac Dalpe Sunday | 12/01/2013 1:10 PM
NewsAfter finding himself mostly on the bench for the Vancouver Canucks lately, Zack Kassian is sitting out Sunday's game in favor of Zac Dalpe.
Jason Botchford on Twitter
ImpactKassian is one of those hot-and-cold fantasy guys who has been in a slump lately, barely getting any minutes as he loses approval from head coach John Tortorella.
Zack Kassian benched on Saturday | 11/25/2013 11:07 AM
NewsZack Kassian was benched on Saturday and played only 4:10 minutes.
ImpactCoach John Tortorella did not elaborate when asked why Kassian was benched but Kassian stated: "I know the reason why I was benched but I'm not going to get into it. It's a team game and the team comes first." Stay tuned as Kassian has five goals and six points with 26 penalty minutes in 20 games this season.
Zack Kassian did plenty in 9:33 of ice time | 11/03/2013 12:28 PM
NewsVancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian had a productive Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs despite just 9:33 TOI.
ImpactKassian scored a goal, generated 10 PIM, three SOG and a hit. Even so, he remains a frustrating fantasy factor because he only has three points (all tallies) and 14 SOG in 11 GP. At least he has 19 PIM in his last four games.
Cheering section awaits Zach Kassian in BUF | 10/16/2013 6:09 PM
NewsZack Kassian will have plenty of family and friends in attendance when Vancouver plays in Buffalo Thursday night.
Impact"It's going to be pretty cool to have them all there," he said. "It's tough to get all my family out to Vancouver, with their work schedules and what-not, so it is going to great to have them all there. I don't know how many are coming. I am still getting texts right now. Probably 20 or so." They will be making the trip from Windsor. He has one shot and five penalty minutes in two games this season.
Zack Kassian ready to return from suspension | 10/12/2013 4:35 PM
NewsZack Kassian has finished serving his suspension and will be back in Vancouver's lineup Saturday night.
ImpactHe is slated to start on the third line with David Booth and Brad Richardson, which is where he skated during the team's morning session. Coach John Tortorella wants Kassian to play a heavy forechecking game in his season debut. The big winger was suspended for the Canucks' first five games of the year because he broke Edmonton center Sam Gagner's jaw with a reckless high stick during the exhibition schedule.
Zack Kassian eligible to return Saturday | 10/07/2013 10:32 AM
NewsZack Kassian (suspended) is eligible to return to the Vancouver lineup Saturday.
ImpactKassian was suspended during the preseason for his reckless use of a high stick on the Oilers Sam Gagner who is still a month away from returning to the lineup. The Canucks take on Montreal Saturday.
NHL bans Zack Kassian for five '13-14 games | 09/23/2013 6:31 PM
NewsZack Kassian has been banned for the rest of the preseason and for five regular-season contests for his high stick on Edmonton's San Gagner.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactGagner suffered a broken jaw on the play and Kassian was assessed a double minor for high-sticking. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 12 when Vancouver hosts Montreal.
Zack Kassian claims high-stick was accidental | 09/23/2013 4:03 PM
NewsZack Kassian is maintaining his innocence with regard to his high-stick which broke Sam Gagner's jaw.
Impact"Obviously, you never want to see anybody goes through that and it (high stick) was accidental and I hope he gets back sooner than later,"said Kassian. "Things happen at speed and it was a hockey play. I can sit here all day and plead my case. Both sides have their opinions of what happened and that's the way every incident works. I have to go about my business and respect the league's decision." He has an in-person hearing for the incident scheduled with the league on Monday.
Zack Kassian to get in-person hearing | 09/23/2013 11:00 AM
NewsZack Kassian will get an in-person hearing for his high-stick on the Oilers Sam Gagner Saturday.
ImpactThat's not good news as in-person hearings usually get at least a five game suspension. Kassian's hit on Gagner broke the Oilers center's jaw and it looks like he'll miss six-eight weeks. It does not bode well for Kassian so stay tuned.
Zack Kassian faces disciplinary hearing | 09/22/2013 5:55 PM
NewsVancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian faces a disciplinary hearing for his high-stick on Sam Gagner from Saturday's preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Brad Ziemer on Twitter
ImpactGagner's out indefinitely with a broken jaw and Kassian has a suspension rap sheet, so there's definitely a risk here. He faces a possible opportunity to team up with the Sedin twins to start the season, so Kassian owners must hope that he doesn't miss regular season time.
Canucks want Zack Kassian to step up | 09/21/2013 3:43 PM
NewsZack Kassian is slated to get a bigger role in Vancouver this season.
Impact"I want to give him every opportunity to be a huge part of this team, and I told him that," new coach John Tortorella said at the beginning of training camp. "It's something I think the team needs as far as his willingness, as far as his playing into a bigger role. I'd like to see it happen. He's going to get the opportunity, but he's going to sink or swim himself. That's why I contacted Zack. This is a big year for him, and that's why I wanted him to step out of himself and be a big part of this club." The Canucks want to be able to play Kassian alongside the Sedin twins this season. He played with Daniel and Henrik last year and netted five goals in the first seven games there prior to heading back down the depth chart.
Zack Kassian back up with Canucks | 04/04/2013 4:01 PM
NewsZack Kassian is back up with the Vancouver Canucks and he'll return to the lineup Thursday night.
ImpactHe was sent down to the AHL for a one-game stint after recovering from a back injury. "It was good to be down there to get in a game and I feel really confident," Kassian said. "My back is 100 percent and I'm really excited to get going again. I spoke to management before I went down and they stressed the things I need to work on, both on and off the ice. On the ice, it was just play the way I was early in the season, moving my feet and playing physical. Off the ice, it was just being professional, especially in a market like this. You have to be a professional." He's slated to start on the third line with Max Lapierre and Nicklas Jensen
Zack Kassian gets conditioning stint in AHL | 03/31/2013 4:26 PM
NewsThe Vancouver Canucks sent Zack Kassian to the AHL for a conditioning stint.
ImpactHe's recovering from a back injury, so this assignment is legitimately for those reasons - not as a way of shaming him into shape (like many teams do with conditioning stints).
Canucks' Zack Kassian unlikely to play today | 03/30/2013 12:40 PM
NewsZack Kassian (back) told the medical staff and coaches he's ready to play in Edmonton tonight, but Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault didn't seem to believe it, saying he needed to get it confirmed with his trainers.
ImpactThe hint anyway was that Kassian wouldn't be back in the lineup.
Zack Kassian remains day-to-day, out Tuesday | 03/26/2013 2:44 PM
NewsZack Kassian (back) won't play Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Dan Murphy on Twitter
ImpactKassian has been out re-injuring his back during a fight with St. Louis forward Chris Stewart on March 19. Kassian has cooled considerably since a hot start and is a waiver candidate in most formats.
Zack Kassian out of Canucks' lineup today | 03/21/2013 11:53 AM
NewsThe Canucks flew off to Phoenix without forward Zack Kassian and he will miss tonight's game against the Coyotes.
ImpactKassian re-injured a sore back in a fight with the Blues' Chris Stewart early in Vancouver's 3-2 win over St. Louis on Tuesday.
Zack Kassian returns from back injury | 03/20/2013 10:17 AM
NewsZack Kassian returned from a back injury on Tuesday.
ImpactKassian showed he was healthy by getting into a fight at 2:41 of the first period. He missed two games due to the ailment.
| 03/20/2013 2:18 AM
NewsZack Kassian returned to action on Tuesday March 19.
Zack Kassian says he'll return Tuesday night | 03/19/2013 2:21 PM
NewsZack Kassian (back) says he'll be back in the lineup Tuesday night.
Jim Jamieson on Twitter
ImpactKassian, who missed two games with the ailment, said his back is fine. The young power forward has a ton of potential but has cooled considerably since a red-hot star to the season. Kassian has five goals and eight points in 26 games and is best left on the waiver in most formats.
Zack Kassian (back) is still day-to-day | 03/18/2013 2:43 PM
NewsZack Kassian remains day-to-day with a back injury.
Jim Jamieson on Twitter
ImpactKassian missed Saturday's game due to what has been described as stiffness in his back. His status for Monday's contest isn't entirely clear, but it would be surprising if he ends up playing.
Slumping Zack Kassian trying to stay upbeat | 03/02/2013 12:10 PM
NewsSlumping Vancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian is trying to stay upbeat after going 12 games without a goal.
ImpactAfter a red-hot start, Kassian has sunk down from the first line to the fourth and is minus-6 in his past seven games. He played a season-low 6:52 Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes and still was on the ice for two goals against. When things were rolling for him the first two weeks of the season, he played more than 19 minutes on three different occasions and collected his share of feel-good headlines. Now he's finding it difficult to score from the bench, or in the penalty box, but that's where Kassian has been for large stretches the past two games. "You definitely look up and say `geez, what did I do to you?' but it's a matter of staying positive," Kassian said. "The biggest thing is obviously not letting it affect the way you play. You don't want to be on the ice when the other team is scoring goals no matter how they go in. It's not fun."
Zack Kassian drops to the fourth line | 02/21/2013 12:01 PM
NewsZack Kassian lined up on the fourth line in practice Wednesday.
ImpactThe Vancouver forward was moved up to the first line early in the season and had five goals in his first seven games but has had only one assist in his last eight. Drop him from your fantasy lineup for now as he is no longer playing with the Sedin twins.
Zack Kassian continues hot streak | 01/31/2013 2:28 AM
NewsZack Kassian continues to take advantage of his Lottery ticket opportunity beside the Sedin twins.
ImpactThe budding power forward has all five of his 2013 season goals in the last six games. He's only fired 15 shots on goal, so he's going to need to put more rubber on the net to continue his sniping ways. One other negative: zero assists. One more positive: 12 PIM makes him have more than more dimension.
Zack Kassian scores again in 3-2 loss to LA | 01/29/2013 3:17 AM
NewsZack Kassian scored his fourth goal in five games in the 3-2 shootout loss to the LA Kings.
ImpactKassian is the latest forward to reap the benefits of riding shotgun with the Sedins. He has the three intangibles to be the perfect complement to the dynamic duo, size, skill and grit. With his size and touch he's in for a great season. He's one of the highly sought after waiver wire pickups, as he is also a great source of hits and PIM's. A must add in all formats while he's with the Sedins.
Zack Kassian makes impact for Vancouver | 01/24/2013 2:20 AM
NewsZack Kassian had his best game of the young season on Wednesday night, helping the Vancouver Canucks grab a 3-2 shootout win against the Calgary Flames.
ImpactKassian had a goal, and perhaps most impressively, logged 19:14 time on ice. That tally gives him a two-game streak, but taking that many shifts shows the rising confidence he's inspiring. His beautiful shootout goal won't mean much in most fantasy leagues, yet it shows that he's more than just a brute with a modicum of offensive skill.
Zack Kassian impressive in loss | 01/21/2013 12:53 PM
NewsZack Kassian was impressive on Sunday as he scored, had a fight and was combative on the ice.
ImpactThis is the Zack Kassian the Canucks dealt for when they sent Cody Hodgson to the Sabres at the trade deadline in 2012. Kassian spent the off-season training and it is showing in the early going as he is now the linemate of the Sedin twins. If you are looking for a good combination of points and toughness, Kassian may still be available in your fantasy pools.
Zack Kassian delivers strong roto night | 01/21/2013 1:34 AM
NewsZack Kassian pleased his owners in rotisserie leagues Sunday night.
ImpactKassian scored a goal in the Canucks 3-2 shootout loss to Edmonton while adding a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal and five penalty minutes. The feisty winger could be a darling in rotisserie formats with his ability to score 10+ goals in a full season along with over 100 PIM. Alex Edler also scored in his second consecutive game for the Canucks.
Zack Kassian returns to the ice Monday | 01/14/2013 6:31 PM
NewsZack Kassian was back skating with his teammates on Monday.
ImpactHe participated in the session alongside Mason Raymond and Andrew Ebbett in the place of David Booth, who is sidelined with a groin injury. Kassian didn't skate on Saturday because of a back issue.
Zack Kassian misses practice with back spasms | 01/14/2013 12:44 PM
NewsZack Kassian sat out practice on Saturday with back spasms.
ImpactKassian suffered the flareup a couple of weeks ago in the AHL and has not been right since. There has been talk that Kassian could be on the right side for every line, from the first with the Sedin twins to the fourth. Stay tuned and consider him day-to-day. He is a high risk fantasy pick at this time as he is more likely to see bottom six minutes rather than top-six minutes.
Canucks' Zack Kassian deals with back woes | 01/12/2013 12:14 PM
NewsBefore he's pencilled in anywhere from the first to fourth line for the Vancouver Canucks, 21-year-old winger Zack Kassian has to get over a bothersome back that flared up two weeks ago while playing in the AHL. Kassian injured a facet joint, which is any one of four projections that link one vertebra of the spine to an adjacent vertebra.
ImpactKassian injured a facet joint, which is any one of four projections that link one vertebra of the spine to an adjacent vertebra. "I've had some spasms, but nothing major," said Kassian, who has no history of back ailments. "It just takes a little time to heal. Today, I felt good on the ice and it's day by day and I'm on track to be good for training camp. I don't know how I hurt it. I woke up and it was tight and I had another little issue. Skating and playing games probably didn't help, but we've got it solved."
|12/01/2013||Van||Car||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Goals||1||14 times-last:at Edm||last:Apr 12||1|
|Assists||4||vs. Buf||Mar 23||1|
|Points||4||vs. Buf||Mar 23||1|
|Penalty Minutes||22||at LA||Jan 13||14|
|Plus/Minus||4||vs. Buf||Mar 23||1|
|Power Play Goals||1||at Ana||Jan 15||1|
|Power Play Points||1||at Ana||Jan 15||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||73 times-last:vs. Cgy||last:Apr 13||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||73 times-last:vs. Cgy||last:Apr 13||0|
|Shots||4||at Min||Mar 26||4|
|Penalty Minutes||51||2 times-last: 2012-13 (Van)|
|Power Play Goals||2||2012-13 (Van)|
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