Buffalo Sabres: Why Zack Kassian Should Make the Opening Day Roster

September 24th, 2010 by Rich Lunghino Leave a reply »
Zack Kassian walked into Buffalo Sabres training camp without an entry-level contract. The Sabres broke off negotiations with their first-round pick (13th Overall) in 2009 after his arrest in Windsor, Ontario for a bar fight in celebration after he helped the Windsor Spitfires win the Memorial Cup championship in the OHL.

That was after he was suspended for 20 games after a dirty hit to the head of Barrie Colts’ forward Matt Kennedy in his first game with the Spitfires.

At the start of Sabres’ rookie camp, Kassian said that he has put the incidents behind him and that he was ready to focus solely on playing hockey.

During the early stages of camp, Kassian has not disappointed.

In the first scrimmage of camp, Kassian nailed Tyler Myers early, shocking the crowd in attendance who applauded appreciatively. Later in the shootout portion of the scrimmage, Kassian undressed Patrick Lalime and put the puck top shelf on the backhand.

In the second scrimmage the day after, he scored again, snapping a 2-2 tie with a quick shot that beat Jhonas Enroth.

His performance in those two games was enough to warrant Kassia ...

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