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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

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The Oilers have acquired forward Zack Kassian from the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for goaltender Ben Scrivens.

Kassian, 24, was taken 13th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft. He has played 198 NHL games for the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks, scoring 35 goals and adding 31 assists and 307 penalty minutes. He has played eight NHL playoff games.

The Windsor, ON native has been involved in two previous NHL trades. Buffalo sent him to the Canucks in 2012, in exchange for Cody Hodgson. On July 1, 2015, Montreal acquired the forward and a fifth-round pick from Vancouver, in exchange for Brandon Prust.

The physical forward’s best NHL season, production wise, came in the 2013-14 season with Vancouver. Kassian posted a career high 14 goals and added 15 assists for 29 points in 73 games. He also had 124 penalty minutes that season.

Kassian played his junior hockey for Peterborough and Windsor. He won a Memorial Cup with the Spitfires in 2010 and captured a silver medal at the 2011 World Junior Championships.

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