Bad news for Zack Kassian, as it appears he’s suffered a significant injury.

Kassian was injured Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens when he went to lay a hit on Shea Weber behind the Habs’ net. The hit itself seemed innocuous as it happened, but Kassian was clearly shaken up favouring his left leg as he went back to the Oilers bench.

Oilers trainer T.D. Forss and another staff member had to assist Kassian in standing as he hobbled down the tunnel.

It’s not a great sign for Kassian, who has been struggling to find his game all season long. In his first year after signing a four-year, $3.2-million AAV contract, he’s put up an awful two goals and five points in 27 games — far from what’s been expected of him.

Despite that, Kassian still has the style of game that the Oilers need in the playoffs. He can be physical, he can put up points when put into the right situations and most importantly, he’s shown he can do it in the playoffs.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at

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