More trouble for the Buffalo Sabres 13th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Zack Kassian was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly assaulting another man at a Windsor, Ontario bar. Kassian had just come off a strong playoff performance in the OHL, during which his team, the Windsor Spitfires, captured the Memorial Cup. Kassian recorded 16 points in 19 playoff games along with 38 penalty minutes.
This latest altercation comes after Kassian was dealt a 20 game suspension in January of this year for his open ice hit to the head on Matt Kennedy of the Barrie Colts. The suspension was one of the longest over handed out in the history of the OHL.
Now is the time for the Sabres to consider trading Kassian, as he is showing all the red flags of a player prone to potential on ice and off ice problems. Kassian has shown a disregard for Darcy Regier’s request that he clean up his act. If the Sabres want to get any value for Kassian, they need to trade him this offseason while he still has some value and is still allowed to play in the OHL.