Matt Kassian
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Matt Kassian

Hometown:

Edmonton Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-10-28

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Trade with Minnesota, 2013

Weight:

232 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2003-04: Matt Kassian made his WHL debut as an 18-year-old, appearing in 37 games with the Vancouver Giants, scoring 1 goal with 42 PMs and a -4 plus/minus. He skated in three of the Giants' 11 playoff games and was +1 with 4 PMs.

2004-05: Kassian established himself as a WHL heavyweight in his second season; opening the season with Vancouver and finishing the year with Kamloops following a mid-season trade. In 69 games between the two clubs he scored 3 goals (all with the Blazers), had 3 assists and was -11 with a whopping 172 PMs. In six playoff games for Kamloops he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 14 PMs. Ranked 103rd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings, Kassian was selected by the Wild in the 2nd round (57th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft.

2005-06: Kassian had the third most penalty minutes on a Kamloops team that had seven players with over 100 minutes, finishing with 147 PMs in 67 games. He scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was -12 as the Blazers finished three points out of a playoff spot in the tough BC Division.

2006-07: Kassian returned to the WHL for an overage season after attending Wild camp and put up his best offensive numbers to-date while leading Kamloops in penalty minutes. Kassian skated in all 72 games for the Blazers and scored 8 goals with 10 assists and 162 PMs. Much-improved Kamloops won 40 games to reach the WHL playoffs and Kassian finished with a career-best -4 plus/minus. In the Blazers' four-game series with Prince George he had 1 assist and was -2 with zero PMs. Kassian signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild in May 2011.

2007-08: After beginning the season with the Wild's AHL affiliate Houston, Kassian spent most of his first pro season with the ECHL Texas Wildcatters. In 19 AHL games with the Aeros he was scoreless and -6 with 48 PMs. Kassian scored 6 goals with 4 assists and was -1 with 90 PMs in 47 games with the Wildcatters. Kassian did not play in any of Texas' nine ECHL playoff games.

2008-09: Kassian joined the Houston Aeros on a full-time basis in his second pro season and was second on the team with 130 PMs. He had a -9 plus/minus while scoring 1 goal with 2 assists in 56 games. Kassian skated in 4 of 16 playoff games, as the Aeros reached the AHL semifinals, and had 10 PMs with no points and an even plus/minus.

2009-10: Kassian led the AHL Houston Aeros in penalty minutes (149) despite appearing in only 59 of 82 seasons in his third pro season. Offensively, he chipped in with 2 goals and 4 assists .Kassian finished -7 on an Aeros team that missed the AHL playoffs. While his role was limited, he was signed by the Wild to a two-year contract as a restricted free agent in June 2010.

2010-11: Kassian made his NHL debut, appearing in four November games with the Wild, and led the Houston Aeros in penalty minutes for a second consecutive season. Kassian had fights in two of his four games with Minnesota and was -1 with no points and 12 PMs; averaging just over five minutes of ice time. Kassian had 132 PMs in 60 games for the Aeros and scored 4 goals with 4 assists. Playing for a Houston team that finished second in the West and reached the Calder Cup finals, he finished with an even plus/minus for the first time in his career. Kassian skated in 8 of 24 playoff games and was +2 with no points and 2 PMs.

 

Talent Analysis

Kassian is big and a tough customer -- one of the best fighters in the WHL during his tenure there.  His skating is not bad for his size.  Needs to work on his finishing.

 

Future

Kassian was dealt by the Minnesota Wild to the Ottawa Senators in March of 2013.