Season Review – Matt Kassian came over from Minnesota in a trade midway through the season as a response to the Senators being pushed around at certain points in the season. Kassian was brought in to provide a physical presence and be a deterrent with his fists when called upon. He played 13 regular season games with the Senators, scoring one goal. He was in 5 fights in those 13 games.
Playoffs – Kassian got into 5 playoff games, 4 in the first round win against the Canadiens. He recorded 2 assists and was part of the line brawl that changed the tide of the series where Montreal instigated and Ottawa finished the brawl.
Contract Status – Kassian has one more year remaining on his contract that carries a cap hit of $575,000.
Importance To Franchise – While his presence might be welcome on some nights, Kassian will never be an everyday player and is not a key building block of the franchise.
Needs to Improve – If he could learn to put himself in better position offensively, he could contribute more with his hands than with his fists. It is often a matter of being in the correct spots, and using his size to create space and time.
Grade – C…Kassian provided what was expected most of the time, but he really didn’t do much to set himself apart.