Roster Thoughts and Offseason Speculation for the 2012-2013 Season III
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08-18-2012, 07:38 PM
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Kevin Westgarth has appeared in 90 games in parts of three seasons with the Kings. He was only dressed for 25 games this past season. I know his role isn't to get on the scoreboard, but one goal and 5 points in 90 games with 19 fighting majors isn't going to be missed. Sure he's a good guy, but is his presence really a deterrent when enforcers have gone the way of the dinosaur?
What did Matt Carkner solve for the Senators? They ended up losing their series. Cam Janssen did nothing. B.J. Crombeen did nothing. Eric Boulton did nothing. These players are all worthless in today's game. A guy like Clifford or Kassian can play. Shawn Thornton can play hockey. The way of the league now is to have toughness in the form of middleweights who can play a shift and not waste away a roster spot.
If you are looking for toughness, Kyle Clifford will provide that for the Kings. Kevin Westgarth only throws with other heavyweights, and there are few of those around. He's also isn't a very good checker. He hardly connects with any hits because he is easy to avoid. Growing up I was a huge fan of guys like McSorley, Grimson and Twist, but players like that are pretty much extinct nowadays. It's like trying to find a power forward in today's NHL, they're a rare breed because it is rare where you find a player who can hit hard, score goals, and drop the gloves.
There are at least 15 players just like Westgarth in the NHL, not to mention Westgarth did about as well statistically as Jordan Nolan, who could use a little more AHL seasoning before the deadline.
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