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Zack Kassian has just one assist in 11 games, but his production isn't far off from last season's start

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers are searching for scoring all over their lineup, and that includes Zack Kassian. The winger has been a contributor in the past, scoring seven goals and recording 24 total points a season ago. He also was key in the post-season, scoring three times.

But so far this season, Kassian has just one lone assists in 11 games.

"When your team is (3-7-1) everybody needs to be better, including myself," said Kassian. "The only way as a team we're going to get through this and start winning games is if everyone gets better. Everyone can get better in certain areas and I'm no different."

While it's easy to look at the one point in 11 games and question where the offence is, don't forget that last season Kassian had his dry spells. After two goals and an assist by October 23, Kassian was held off the score sheet for 15 straight games. His next points came in the new year.

"His point totals aren't that far off from where it was at last year at this time," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "He is a very important piece of our team. We saw that in the past with his speed, his pace, his ability to have some tenacity on the forecheck, reliable penalty killer and to play rugged when needed. If he's doing all of those on any given night, he can be effective. Sometimes those haven't shown up and he hasn't been effective and others they have been."

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