Opponents fly like skittles. For gladiator Kassian, the arena begins behind the guardrail

Opponents fly like skittles. For gladiator Kassian, the arena begins behind the guardrail
Opponents fly like skittles. For gladiator Kassian, the arena begins behind the guardrail
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The nickname ‘McDavid’s bodyguard’ does not describe what can be expected from Kassian. Although at first glance, it is mainly a hard game to the body and appeasement of potential provocateurs. The specialized Hockey Fights server records a total of 85 fights for the Ontario native since the 2007-08 season. Most of the successful ones, although in one of the last ones he got a solid load from the Montreal rough of Czech origin Arber Xhekaj.

In Edmonton, of course, they most like to remember how in one of the hyped-up battles for Albert, he took a turn with the then-instigator from Calgary, Matthew Tkachuk.

It is typical for Kassian to try to make their stay on the ice a highly unpleasant experience for their opponents. In the attached montage, opponents can be seen flying away from him like pins from a spinning bowling ball. The Spartans will love him, for the rest of the extra league he will probably be a hated desperado.

At the same time, Kassian is not a one-dimensional player. They don’t get drafted in the first round like that. In 2009, when John Tavares was the No. 1 pick, he came in as No. 13, but was traded from Buffalo to Vancouver during his rookie season.

His most productive season was the 2019-20 season, when he scored 15 goals and 19 assists. The Oilers then rewarded the assertive winger with a four-year contract extension for a total of $12.8 million, which was to expire after this season. However, Kassian had already moved to Arizona, where he was paid out of his contract and left the most prestigious hockey competition. “It’s one thing to play in the NHL, but to have a 12-year career is exceptional,” he said.

Now Kassian intends to spread terror in the ranks of extraleague teams. Sparta wants to show that it also has the muscles it lacked in previous seasons. Who will be the first to see this?

The article is in Czech

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