Zack Kassian
Zack Kassian
29-Year-Old Right WingRW
Edmonton Oilers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kassian appeared in 79 games during the 2018-19 campaign, scoring 15 goals and collecting 13 assists along the way. Additionally, the bruising forward dished out 191 hits and averaged a career-high 14:48 of ice time with the underachieving Oilers. Looking ahead to 2019-20, Kassian is likely to face stiff competition for ice time. The veteran will hope to secure a bottom-six role with Edmonton this coming season, but nothing is guaranteed at this point, so it's best to leave Kassian on the waiver wire come draft day. Should he find his way on a line with Connor McDavid at some point, Kassian will be worth picking up off the wire. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year contract extension with the Oilers worth $3.2 million per season in January of 2020.
Ties career high in goals
RWEdmonton Oilers
May 14, 2020
Kassian tallied 15 goals and 34 points through 59 games before play was paused in mid-March.
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The big guy matched his career high in goals from last year and likely would set a new best in the team's remaining 11 games should regular-season play resume. As usual, Kassian has continued to provide muscle on a line with superstar Connor McDavid in dishing out 157 hits, which ranks 33rd in the league despite the fact he's missed 12 games due to suspension (nine) and injury (three). The 29-year-old carries some risk due to his undisciplined play at times, but those in deeper formats that count hits have gotten some decent value from the oft-maligned winger.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:40
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:25
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
11:40
0:05
1:29
2018–19
14:48
0:05
1:15
2019–20
15:40
0:25
0:01
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Despite playing in only five fewer games than he did in 2016-17 -- dipping from 79 to 74 contests -- Kassian saw his numbers decrease in almost every category (especially hits and ice time). At this point in his career, the veteran winger is mainly used for depth in Edmonton and his current contract will keep him there for the next two seasons. The 2009 first-round (13th overall) draft pick will once again be competing for shifts in 2018-19. As a result, he is best left on the waiver wire come draft day.
If you play in a league that counts Kassian's physicality, his 2016-17 performance was quite welcome -- he more than doubled his career high in hits with 201 and added 101 PIM while adding 24 points and 101 shots on net over 79 games. While that brand of bottom-six play isn't worth much in many fantasy formats, nor is it reflective of the expectations for a No. 13 overall pick (in 2009), the bruising winger is still just 26 years old with room to develop more offensive punch to complement his, well, actual punches. Significant improvement on that front could lead to a drastically increased role on an Edmonton club that’s thin at right wing, but you can't count on that; fortunately, those looking to gamble on a breakout will mostly find Kassian available quite cheaply on draft day.
Kassian is a bruiser with pedigree as a 2009 first-round pick, but despite signs of promise, he's yet to translate that talent into many points at the NHL level. He also missed time last year due to leg and finger injuries, before a March back injury ended his season after just 16 points in 42 games. The Canadiens picked him up from Vancouver over the offseason, and he'll have an instant opportunity to compete with the likes of Devante Smith-Pelly and prospect Sven Andrighetto for a spot as their second-line right wing. It's questionable whether Kassian has the two-way skill set to stick in such a featured role, but there's a place on this team for his grit and sniping ability regardless.
Kassian hit his stride in 2013-2014, establishing career-highs with 14 goals and 29 points. Though he struggled at times earlier in the year, he did finish the season hot, tallying 10 points (three goals) in his final 10 games. His 15.4 shooting percentage was quite impressive, and his 124 PIM made him even more appealing to fantasy owners. Kassian has slowly been improving every season and could be primed for an even larger breakout in 2014-2015. Kassian’s chance to play with the Sedin twins is likely in jeopardy given the Orcas’ offseason signing of former 35-goal scorer Radim Vrbata, but a second-line gig is possible. A permanent role in the top-six would do wonders for the 23-year old winger.
The 2012-13 campaign marked Kassian’s first chance for a full-time gig at the NHL level. The 2009 first-round pick started off the season on a tear, netting five goals though the first seven games while skating on the top line with the Sedin twins. But his output quickly tapered off and he lost his place on the top line, finishing with just 11 points in 39 games. Despite his season being a disappointment overall, Kassian showed enough flashes to hint that the 22-year-old winger can still live up to his pedigree. Expect some further development here, but it won't come in leaps and bounds. Kassian remains a big (6-3, 214) power forward with top-six upside, but his type of player tends to mature slowly ... like fine wine or single-malt Scotch. He currently projects to start the 2013-14 season on the Canucks’ third line.
Kassian was acquired by the Canucks in the Cody Hodgson deal prior to the trade deadline last season. In 44 games split between the Canucks and Sabres, Kassian totaled just 10 points (4 G, 6 A) in his first campaign at the NHL level. Despite his struggles, Vancouver remains high on the 21-year-old winger’s upside. At 6-3, 214 pounds, Kassian has the size to be a physical power forward in the top-six, but he needs to refine his skills to cement himself in such a profilic spot. The Canucks figure to allow Kassian to work through his growing pains, but most of his ice time this season figures to be honing his skills on the third or fourth line.
A lot of hype surrounds Kassian because Sabre fans are starving for a top-line forward with a physical presence. Still, Kassian is very raw and not quite ready for primetime. The Sabres rarely, if ever, bring a player up who hasn't spent at least a full season in the AHL, and Kassian is no different. It will be interesting to monitor how he does, and how he behaves during his first full season as a professional in Rochester through 2011-12.
Kassian will look to put the past behind him and fully focus on hockey in 2010-11 after some on and off the ice issues last season. He is one of the most promising prospects in the Sabre organization. A big season offensively in the OHL in 2010-11 will catapult him into "next big thing" status within the organization.
Kassian is a big power forward who will offer a lot of versatility to a skill team like Buffalo in the future. At 6-3 and over 200 pounds, Kassian is not afraid to use his size to grind out opponents and push the puck in the back of the net. While he has a big physical presence, Kassian could use a couple more years before he breaks into the NHL to work on his skating ability and speed.
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Chips in with helper
RWEdmonton Oilers
March 11, 2020
Kassian dished an assist, three hits and three shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Jets.
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Assists in consecutive outings
RWEdmonton Oilers
March 7, 2020
Kassian notched an assist and three hits in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
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Offers helper Thursday
RWEdmonton Oilers
March 5, 2020
Kassian picked up an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks.
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Contributes goal in blowout
RWEdmonton Oilers
March 2, 2020
Kassian scored a goal on three shots and added two hits in Monday's 8-3 win over the Predators.
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Three hits in return from ban
RWEdmonton Oilers
February 29, 2020
Kassian recorded three hits in 18:13 during Saturday's 3-2 win over the Jets.
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