For the Kings; Michael Cammalleri with 19 goals and 38 points. He is fifth on the Kings in points. He leads the Kings with 11 powerplay goals and is the leading powerplay scorer among Kings forwards with 24 points.
He is progressing as a top six forward and his numbers will progressively improve as he gains more experience.
I recall not too long ago that numerous silly trade proposals by Kings fans included his name (along with Eric Belanger).
He's also on pace for 29 goals and 29 assists (could've been 30 and 30 without the 2 games missed). That's more than even the optimistic lot amongst us predicted (ex. I predicted 23 or 24 goals). His production and consistency is bailing the team out for the lack of both from Frolov and Brown, who have been a little disappointing. Cammalleri has certainly been more valuable than anyone predicted.
Good thing you brought up another mighty mite; Gionta, as his development is similar to what Cammalleri is (and/or will be) going through.
Gionta split time with Albany and New Jersey in his first pro season and didn't really produce eye popping numbers with 4 goals and 11 points in 33 NHL games.
In his sophomore season, people got a better idea of what Gionta is capable of producing and racked up 25 points and 12 goals in 58 games.
The season following, his third in the NHL, Gionta's overall total of 29 points was disappointing, but what was impressive was his 21 goals in 75 games.
Gionta made his pro debut as a 22-23 year old. He has now reached and maybe even surpassed his potential as a 25-26 year old. Now he is proving that he belongs in the NHL and has solidified his position as a top line forward in the NHL, leading the Devils with 29 goals and 50 points in 52 games.
Michael Cammalleri made his pro debut as a 20 year old. He is currently 23 years of age and in my eyes, is right where he should be on in his development, or maybe even slightly ahead of his development curve.
Shame on all of the impatient folk who suggested the Kings should trade Cammalleri. You know who you are!
Last edited by Ziggy Stardust: 01-30-2006 at 01:21 AM.
I, too, made the Cammalleri-Gionta comparison in October (shortly after "the incident") in an effort to engender a little patience in him.
Gionta actually just turned 27 and is 3.5 years older than Cammalleri. He hadn't yet played a single game in the NHL when he was Cammalleri's current age, so Mike is well ahead of where Brian was at 23.
Cammalleri (5' 9", born Jun 8th, 1982)
2002-03 LA 28GP 5G 3A 8Pts
2003-04 LA 31GP 9G 6A 15Pts
2005-06 LA 52GP 19G 19A 38Pts
Cammalleri is ahead of where Gionta was in his 3rd season and one season behind Gionta's current, breakthrough season. I believe that Cammalleri will be a point-per-game player next season as Gionta is this season.
We have also to consider that Mike played in the first part of the season with Roeinick and Armstrong centering him: the first didn't exactly play as a top 6 in his first months as a King, the second is a top 6 just in Andy's mind. On the other hand, Gionta plays on a line with Scott Gomez (and Patrick Elias), and that's a slight difference...If Mike would have played with a good playmaker dishing him the puck, his numbers would be a lot better.
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