Zack Kassian, Kailer Yamamoto, Josh Archibald and Alex Chiasson scored 49 goals in 71 games during 2019-20. Calgary’s top four RW’s (Matt Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, Dillon Dube and Sam Bennett) scored 66 in 70 games. How best to close the gap?
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Players with asterisks are RFA, I moved off some restricted players from the list for clarity. I think the names here represent the group in question for contracts. They number 37, with Broberg a slide and the players in blue AHL contracts.
UFA’s include Tyler Ennis, Mike Green, Riley Sheahan, Gaetan Haas, Patrick Russell, Mike Smith, Brandon Manning, Markus Granlund, Tomas Jurco, Brad Malone, Josh Currie, Keegan Lowe and Shane Starrett.
ZACK KASSIAN VIA PUCK IQ
We have to remember who’s zooming who but this is an excellent playing card. In fact, it’s close enough for jazz in pretty much every category. I don’t believe the contract is a good one but after losing some useful forwards (Strome, Caggiula) since the fall of 2018 Kassian’s contract at least gives the roster some continuity. As was the case with McDavid, Kassian played a little more against elites and middles than the gritensity envelope.
KAILER YAMAMOTO VIA PUCK IQ
This is the best player card among all the forwards, great numbers across the board. Interesting that coach Tippett rolled Yamamoto about equally between elites, middles and gritensity. I still think KY lands on McDavid’s line at some point, possibly 2020-21.
ALEX CHIASSON VIA PUCK IQ
Chiasson played less against elites than middle and played more against gritensity base. He performs well against all three (relatively speaking) levels, and outscores all but the gritensity group (who are the Bermuda triangle for everyone but the McDavid line). Good player card.
JOSH ARCHIBALD VIA PUCK IQ
Archibald had similar deployment to Chiasson but less success. His PK work and chem with McDavid are two major positives. I think he and Sheahan probably land on the fourth line in 2020-21.