Zack “The Project” Kassian doesn’t quite know what to make of the label applied by John Tortorella — a moniker that has stuck to the mercurial winger like gum to a shoe.
And he doesn’t know what to make of probably being in the Edmonton Oilers’ crosshairs Friday for his errant, off-balance, one-handed preseason stick swing that broke the jaw of Sam Gagner and resulted in Kassian being suspended for eight games.
The incident was labelled “a disturbing play by a disturbing player” by Dallas Eakins, but Kassian is more disturbed about his inconsistent game that’s plagued by positioning and puck decisions in his own zone. It’s keeping him from being called a player instead of project.
“I never really did too well with projects at school,” Kassian said following a seven-player practice Wednesday.
“In science, I could never get [the volcano] to go and explode. John is right. There are things I need to work on, and I’ve been doing that...