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10-01-2013, 03:49 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Los Angeles
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Jake Muzzin last season (rookie year) posted 7g 9a for 16pts with a +/- of +16 good enough for 3rd overall in rookie scoring among D and 1st overall in +/- (he was tied for 8th among ALL dmen in +/- and tied for 49th in scoring). He was second in goals and 5th in assists. He is 6'3" 218lbs and plays a hard hitting two way game. He was used in a PK and PP role last season for the Kings as well as being asked to carry another rookie Dman on our run to the WCF.
His TOI was over 18mins per game until we got one of our veterans back from injury where it dropped to 17:53 with was 4rth among rookie D who played more than 40 games. Compare him to any of the rookie D and his overall numbers are better and he wasn't paired with one of the best Dmen in the game like some of his peers.
He was on pace to reach 14 goals and 18 assists for a total of 32 pts and a +/- in the high 20's to low 30's. Now I know +/- isn't a perfect stat but he was best on the Kings and best among rookies and that is well above allot of "A" list prospects. The only player close to him is Proust and he played in 17 fewer games and in a more protected role.
Muzzin was quite often paired with Keaton Ellerby and still posted his league leading among rookies +/- and his 3 best in scoring.
So I don't know what more a kid can do to establish himself as a top young Dman in the NHL (among his peers). If he isn't an "A" list young developing D prospect then neither are several more highly touted kids who started their careers last season.
My point is that he isn't anywhere near being a "meh" prospect (B or C level). He may not be a sure fire lock at becoming a #1dman in the NHL but he has all the skills to become a very good two way second pairing guy who can play in all 3 zones and on the PK as well as the PP.
Kozun is a B level prospect who has yet to breakthrough with the Kings but then Tyler Toffoli is about as A list as they come and we couldn't find room for him to start this season with the team either.
The proposal doesn't work at all for the Kings because it is a complete undervaluing of what we would be giving up. It would be an overpayment at this point for the Flames 1st round pick in the coming draft but that is a different argument.
Muzzin needs time to be all he can be for LA. No need to sell low on him.
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