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Buffalo calls up their version of Milan Lucic: Zack Kassian

Nov 24, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

Zack Kassian AP

For many Buffalo Sabres fans, last night’s game against the Boston Bruins failed to hit the “revenge” spot. Sure, Milan Lucic was forced to drop the mitts, but the B’s got the last laugh in what was – to many – a frustrating shootout win. The Sabres are generally known for being a team that develops pint-sized forwards (see: Nathan Gerbe, Tyler Ennis and in a previous life, Danny Briere), but they just called up a big, mean exception to the rule: Zack Kassian.

I’m not sure I agree with WGR 550′s notion that Kassian is already a household name, but there’s no question that the budding power forward has built up a notorious reputation for bending (and sometimes breaking) the rules. He’s listed at 6-foot-3 and 228 lbs. and brings a killer instinct, but also sports the offensive upside you’d expect from a guy who went 13th overall in 2009.

In other words, Kassian might be the Sabres’ answer to – you guessed it – Milan Lucic. Maybe the talent and mean streaks are different (some might argue that Lucic has more of the former while Kassian could carry a little more of the latter), but Kassian silences the argument that Buffalo has no one who can make the Lucics of the world pay for their tomfoolery.

In fact, bloodthirsty Buffloans might have been happier if he got his first cup of coffee at the NHL level a day or two sooner …

  1. TJ - Nov 24, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Among Sabres fans, Kassian is very much a household name.

    • James O'Brien - Nov 24, 2011 at 9:59 PM

      I agree, but I was thinking more in terms of North American households.

      • bcisleman - Nov 24, 2011 at 11:08 PM

        Pretty well known among Islander fans as well as the guy many of them think should have been drafted instead of oft injured FOJT Calvin De Haan.

      • mikebel11 - Nov 25, 2011 at 12:38 AM

        He’s a household name throughout all of Canada so that’s 1 of the 2 countries in North America and I’m guessing a household name to any Americans who have watched the World Junior Championships that he dominated the last two years.

    • frankvzappa - Nov 24, 2011 at 11:55 PM

      Among hockey fans, the Sabres are barely a household name.

  2. dforce1973 - Nov 25, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Sounds like frankvzappa has an issue with the Sabres. That’s too bad. You’ll NEVER find more passionate hockey fans than Sabres fans. So take your puck and go home!!!

  3. pftbillsfan - Nov 25, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    I loved Frank Zappa, he was a household name in the 50′s….nice tag, very clever. GO SABRES

  4. ballistictrajectory - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    I guess we might have to stop calling them the Fluffalo Sabres…

  5. boltsfan777 - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Good for you Sabres! That had to be difficult watching that punk take out your great goalie, and then not be able to make a strong stand. You need good matchups to compete in your division, and since the Bruins get away with taking punk shots (the Bolts saw this in the semifinals last year), you might need that element so the rest of the guys can focus on the game at hand Maybe this guy will fire up your team and turn the whole thing into a positive.

  6. BurkieInBoston - Nov 25, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Kassian vs Lucic February 8th. Let the buildup begin …

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