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Zack Kassian RW
Height/Weight: 6-3/214 | Birthdate: 1/24/1991 | Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario, Canada | Team: Montreal Canadiens | College: None | NHL Experience: 3 | Salary: $900,000 | Owned/Started%: 16/5 | Average Draft Position: 200.96
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7/1/2015

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Zack Kassian

Kassian Traded To Habs

News: The Canucks traded Zack Kassian and a fifth-round draft pick to the Canadiens on Wednesday in exchange for Brandon Prust, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Zack Kassian, who notched 10 goals and 16 points in 42 games with the Canucks this past season to go along with 81 PIM, bolsters the Habs' depth and size up front. His fantasy upside, however, hinges upon whom his 2015-16 linemates end up being, but the 2009 first-rounder still has some untapped potential.

4/28/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Won't Need Back Surgery

News: Zack Kassian will not require offseason surgery to deal with the back issue that kept him out of the Vancouver lineup down the stretch.
Analysis: Zack Kassian, who last suited up on March 14, now has the offseason for his back issue to settle down. In 42 games this past season, he notched 10 goals, 16 points and 81 PIM. He remains under contract with Vancouver next season at a cap hit of of $1.75 million.

4/13/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Skating, Not Practicing

News: Zack Kassian (back) resumed skating on his own last Friday.
Analysis: The winger has yet to receive clearance to practice with the rest of the team, which will prevent him from being unavailable for the start of the Canucks' first-round series with the Flames. Coach Willie Desjardins would likely be loath to make any lineup changes if the Canucks play well in the early stages of the playoffs, so Zack Kassian may have a tough time cracking the forward ranks once he's back at full health.

4/7/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Not Practicing

News: Zack Kassian (back) hasn't resumed practicing with the Canucks, Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province reports.
Analysis: Zack Kassian suffered the back injury March 17 and has been limited ever since. At this point, it appears highly doubtful he'll play again during the regular season, and his status for the first round of the playoffs could be in jeopardy as well.

3/31/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Remains Out

News: Zack Kassian (back) is not with the Canucks on their current four-game road trip, the Province reports.
Analysis: Coach Willie Desjardins didn't completely rule Zack Kassian out for the entire trip, but he did confirm that the forward won't play either Monday against the Blues or Tuesday against the Preds.

3/25/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Remains Out

News: Zack Kassian (back) reportedly suffered a minor setback while skating last week, Jon Abbott of TSN 1040 reports.
Analysis: With Zack Kassian evidently not yet close to 100 percent, his status moving forward remains cloudy as Thursday's game against the Avs approaches.

3/24/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Out Again Tuesday

News: Zack Kassian (back) will not play Tuesday against the Jets, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Analysis: Zack Kassian didn't even take part in the morning skate with the Canucks, so it wouldn't appear that he's closing in on a return quite yet. He'll miss his fifth straight game Tuesday, and it looks like he could be on course to miss time beyond that.

3/21/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks Rule Kassian Out For Road Trip

News: Zack Kassian (back) has been ruled out for the Canucks' two-game road trip over the weekend.
Analysis: As expected by his limited participation during Friday's session, Zack Kassian will be held out of his third and fourth consecutive games in an attempt to aid his recovery from the back issue. The Canucks appear inclined to roll with Alex Burrows as the top-line right wing in his absence.

3/20/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian May Not Go On Road Trip

News: Zack Kassian (back) was limited to skating on his own prior to Friday's practice, Jon Abbott of TSN 1040 reports.
Analysis: Zack Kassian has missed the last two games due to the back issue, and since he has yet to resume practicing with the team, it appears unlikely that he'll travel with the Canucks for their two-game road trip over the weekend. Expect coach Willie Desjardins to provide word on Kassian's status for the trip before the Canucks head to Hollywood for Saturday's tilt with the Kings.

3/20/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian To Sit Again Thursday

News: Zack Kassian (back) will not play Thursday against the Blue Jackets, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
Analysis: Zack Kassian was able to get in a solo skate under the watchful eye of coach Glenn Carnegie, but he won't be a candidate to play until he starts practicing with the main group. As a result, Alex Burrows is slated to take Kassian's spot on the top line for the second straight game.

3/17/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Out With Injury Tuesday

News: Zack Kassian sustained a back injury during the Canucks' morning skate and will not be available Tuesday against the Flyers, Dan Murphy of Sporstnet reports.
Analysis: Coach Willie Desjardins alluded to an absence for one of the Canucks' regular skaters following the morning session, and it would seem that Zack Kassian was the player he had in mind. Fortunately, the Canucks will get winger Alex Burrows (lower body) back from injury Tuesday, so it's seems likely that he'll assume Kassian's top-line spot next to the Sedins. Kassian will be listed as day-to-day ahead of Thursday's match versus the Blue Jackets.

3/15/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Accrues 24 PIM

News: Zack Kassian accrued 24 penalty minutes in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: Zack Kassian was held off the scoresheet in his 7:43 of ice time, but he more than atoned for it by raking in the PIM. All four of the winger's penalties came in the second period, with the bulk of the minutes coming during a skirmish with the Leafs' Dion Phanuef. Most of Kassian's value these days lies in his top-line appointment, but his roots as an agitator will give him some utility in more than just the scoring categories.

3/10/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Buries Game Winner Monday

News: Zack Kassian was the hero Monday, potting the game-winning goal with less than four minutes remaining in regulation as the Canucks beat the Ducks 2-1 at home.
Analysis: The goal brings Zack Kassian into double-digits (10) for the season, to go with a very modest six assists and 57 PIM in 40 games.

3/6/2015

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Canucks' Kassian Back In Thursday

News: Zack Kassian (illness) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Coyotes, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 reports.
Analysis: Zack Kassian was forced to skip Tuesday's game against the Sharks after coming down with a stomach flu. He received an IV to treat the illness, which apparently was enough to aid his recovery. The winger assumed his usual spot on the top line with the Sedin twins, an arrangement that should make him an attractive, cost-effective play in daily formats, particularly against an Arizona squad that ranks 30th in goals allowed.

3/3/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian To Sit Tuesday With Flu

News: Zack Kassian is dealing with a case of the flu and will not play Tuesday against the Sharks.
Analysis: It's a tough break for Zack Kassian, who was starting to gain momentum in deeper leagues and daily formats due to his plum appointment on the top line next to the Sedin twins. Assuming the illness doesn't prove too debilitating, he'll have a chance at returning to action Thursday against the Coyotes, but there's no guarantee the top-line spot will still be waiting for him at that point.

2/22/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Scores PPG In Win

News: Zack Kassian potted a power-play goal in Sunday's win over the Islanders.
Analysis: Skating on the top line, Zack Kassian has scored in back-to-back games and has recorded six goals and eight points in his last eight games. While he had a tough start, Kassian appears revitalized and could be worth a look in deeper leagues down the stretch. If he stays on the top line with the Sedin twins, there is no reason the 24-year-old can't keep producing.

2/21/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Skates With Twins, Scores Twice

News: Zack Kassian skated on the top line Friday, scoring twice in a loss to the Devils.
Analysis: A great outing for Zack Kassian, who has recorded five goals and eight points in his last seven games. If he sticks on the top line, the 24-year-old could be worth looking at in deeper formats. It's worth noting that last season after a slow start, Kassian went on to lead the team in second-half scoring. He has potential, but will need to remain in a top-six role to have fantasy value.

2/19/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks To Sit Kassian On Thursday

News: Zack Kassian is slated to be a scratch Thursday against the Rangers, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.
Analysis: Though Zack Kassian has notched six points over his last seven games, he'll give way to Brandon McMillan on Thursday. Kassian remains a candidate to be dealt in advance of the NHL trade deadline.

2/14/2015

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Canucks' Kassian Sizzling Since Benching

News: Zack Kassian assisted on two of Shawn Matthias' three goals in Friday's win over the Bruins.
Analysis: You think this guy has been playing with some motivation lately? Irked after he was made a healthy scratch for three consecutive games earlier this month, Zack Kassian returned to the lineup Feb. 7 and has responded with three goals, two assists, and a plus-3 rating over four contests. Even if he doesn't end up sticking with Vancouver by the time the trade deadline passes, he'll surely net a better haul for the team in light of his hot play recently.

2/12/2015

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Canucks' Kassian: Goals In Three Straight

News: Zack Kassian scored a goal for the third straight game in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: A healthy scratch for three games prior to his return to the lineup Feb. 7, Zack Kassian seems to have reestablished himself as a regular player for the Canucks as a result of the scoring surge. He's benefited from some good fortune, though, as his three goals have come on only four shot attempts. That 75 percent shooting rate will come crashing down quickly, and so too will Kassian's scoring totals.

2/7/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Snaps 21-Game Goalless Drought

News: Zack Kassian snapped a 21-game goalless drought Saturday against the Penguins.
Analysis: While his goal came off a turnover by goaltender Thomas Greiss behind the net, Zack Kassian will take them whichever way he can. Although he only logged 8:21 of ice time on the night, Kassian got loud cheers from the home crowd whenever he touched the puck, indicating the fans are still behind him. Although he isn't of much value in fantasy value right now, Kassian is only 24 years of age, so if he can build off this game, he could be worth adding in some very deep leagues, especially considering he led the Canucks in second-half scoring in 2013-14.

2/3/2015

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Canucks To Scratch Kassian For Second Straight

News: Zack Kassian will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game Tuesday against the Jets.
Analysis: Zack Kassian has been out of the lineup for fourth out of the last eight games and looks like he could be on the trade block for the Canucks. Even if the team ends up finding a suitor, it's unlikely that Kassian would fetch much of a return, as he's produced only two goals and six points in 26 games this season.

1/16/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Amidst Trade Speculation

News: In an appearance on TSN 1040 radio Friday, GM Jim Benning discussed trade rumors involving Zack Kassian. "If something comes up where we think it's a good deal for us or something, then we'll do it if we make the organization better."
Analysis: It hasn't been a good season for Zack Kassian, who has managed just two goals and five points in 22 games. He hasn't really worked out in Vancouver, recording just 24 goals and 48 points in 178 games over the course of four seasons. At only 23 years of age, the potential is still there for Kassian to become a key fantasy contributor. With the constant controversy and speculation he faces in Vancouver, however, it might be best for fantasy owners if Kassian gets dealt to a new location, somewhere he can get a fresh start. Currently stuck in a bottom-six role, it's hard for the youngster to produce given his limited minutes.

1/15/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks' Kassian Gets Scratched Thursday

News: Zack Kassian appears to be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Flyers, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Analysis: Zack Kassian was on the ice for the Canucks' morning skate and didn't appear to suffer any sort of injury, so it's believed coach Willie Desjardins simply made the decision to give the winger a night off. Linden Vey is slated to assume Kassian's spot in the lineup.

1/2/2015

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Zack Kassian

Canucks Activate Kassian

News: Zack Kassian (finger) was activated from injured reserve Friday, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.
Analysis: Zack Kassian received clearance for full contact a day earlier and skated as a member of the Canucks' third line at Friday's practice. After a strong season in 2013-14, Kassian has taken a step backward thus far, registering only two goals in 17 games. Now healthy, he'll look to get back on track with his return to the lineup Saturday against the Kings, with Linden Vey heading to the press box as a healthy scratch.