Hickey was awesome in Vegas and wasn't bad in the Phoenix game. I don't know what was expected of him, but he's played well.
Purcell has been underwhelming; kind of looks like he is relying on his skill to make things happen but he's going to have to get dirty in the NHL to reach his potential. I think he's been outplayed by some of the younger guys and his fellow Manchester teammates, Meckler included and he was sent down today.
I think Martinez was fantastic last night, probably the best King's d-man. Unfortunately for this season, I think there will be guys in Manchester and Juniors who are good enough to be on the big club but will have to "pay their dues". If Boyle, Purcell and Moulson all look great this year then I won't question this philosophy.
Remember, the better the team in Manchester, especially the defense, the better it is for Bernier's development and confidence.
Personally I don't think Purcell has NHL potential, Boyle is a 3rd line guy at best, Moulsen will be a 20/20 guy playing 2nd or 3rd line minutes. So our 3 Manchester players will not have a huge impact to change where we end up which is last in the confrence. That said Moller, Simmonds, Meckler, Bernier, and Doughty, I can see as impact guys down the road. I have not seen enough of Teubert and Hickey to form an opinion one way or the other.
Guys were getting better but we have to have some of these guys excel and frankly I don't see it this year.