Kassian signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Oilers on Thursday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. The Oilers acquired Kassian from Montreal in exchange for Ben Scrivens on Dec. 28 of last year. The 6-foot-3 grinder drew into 36 games with Edmonton in 2015-16, notching eight points (three goals, five assists) and 114 PIM over that span. The 25-year-old winger's knack for spending extended time in the sin bin will once again be the primary source of his fantasy value in 2016-17.
Kassian had three goals and five assists for Edmonton this season. Kassian was brought in to be an agitator but also as someone who could spark the Oilers. That plan didn't come to fruition. His 114 PIM proved more bad than good and he will have to prove to the Oilers in training camp that he deserves a spot on the team next season.
Kassian's boarding penalty Thursday against the Sharks led to a game misconduct and 24 total penalty minutes. A first-round pick in 2009, Kassian's never developed the offensive touch to go with that billing, but he's now cleared 100 PIM in only 31 games for Edmonton this year. That physicality is the main source of his fantasy value.
Kassian recorded a goal on three shots, a hit and a plus-1 rating in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Kings. After not seeing NHL action at all this season until Jan. 14, Kassian now has three goals and two assists in those 16 games played. He's also added in 45 hits and a whopping 50 PIM in that span. While he doesn't add in tons of offense, the 25-year-old does have some value if you need someone to rack up the hits and PIM.
As expected, Kassian will play Saturday against the Avalanche. Kassian's best asset is likely his hitting ability, as the big-bodied forward has racked up 42 hits in just 13 games with the Oilers this season. He likely won't be in many fantasy lineups, however, as he can't be relied on as a consistent source of offensive production, having tallied just 20 points in 55 games over the past two seasons. The former first-round pick will likely slot back into the lineup as a bottom-six forward Saturday against Colorado.
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