Looking more and more like a longshot to crack an NHL roster and if he does, the bottom six would likely be his ceiling.
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July 2018 – The Vancouver Canucks didn’t tender a qualifying offer to Cassels, making him an unrestricted free agent. Jokke Nevalainen
February 2018 – It appears that Cassels has finally found his sea legs at the AHL-level. After coming out of junior on a real high – leading his Generals’ squad to a Memorial Cup victory, his first two seasons of professional hockey were marred by injury, inconsistency and healthy scratches. 2017-18 has been a reversal of fortunes as the 22-year-old has produced five goals and 21 points in 48 AHL contests while playing a strong middle six role – a far cry from the 18 points he’d accrued during his first 133 games. Cassels will never been confused with a speedster but he’s smart, defensively responsible and can chip in offensively when given a chance. His performance this season will likely result in another contract as his entry-level deal expires at the conclusion of this season. Cam Robinson
June 2017 – The second year pro failed to take a step forward in the organization, recording just six goals and 11 points 64 AHL games. While a smart defensive player, his strength and foot speed remain concerns and it is becoming more and more likely that he is a longshot to contribute to an NHL team. Cam Robinson
December 2016 – The challenging transition from junior to professional hockey has continued to plague Cassels. After a disastrous rookie AHL season, the former Memorial Cup champion has just three goals in 18 AHL contests and finds himself lingering between the bottom six and press box on a Utica Comets’ team that isn’t exactly bulging with talent. This is somewhat of a surprise for the fo