The 2009 Draft has come and gone for the Buffalo Sabres and Regier & Co. made one thing abundantly clear ... they want to get bigger and they want to get tougher. The Sabres didn't pick a single player under 6 ft. tall and many of them are known to tough, physical players who aren't afraid to lose their gloves when need be. Darcy Regier and head of amateur scouting Kevin Devine both said that they had been looking to follow last year's first round trend of picking the best player with size and strength.
According to NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards, "Kassian is one of the toughest guys in the OHL and probably the entire draft. Last season as an under-ager there were overage guys in the league who would not take him on. He has not fought much this season (because) he has not had to. He is at his best when he is playing physical and tough along the boards. He protects the puck very well and fights through checks. He has very good play-making and puck-handling abilities."