I've always liked this guy ever since we signed him as a free agent few years back. He's got good size and the character make up that makes him a great leader and pretty decent player. He reminds me of a younger Sean O'Donnell actually. Unfortunately, his skating and decision making has always been a bit suspect. Add to that our depth of prospects on defense and I say his odds are pretty slim with the kings. Hey, but here's to hoping.
Here's the article from Hammond:
Itís funny, the things you will miss if youíre not specifically looking for themÖ
Today, the Manchester Monarchs named defenseman Drew Bagnall as their captain. Bagnall is 26 and in his third season with the Monarchs, so itís not difficult to see why he was the choice. In the role, he follows other veteran (and relatively veteran) guys such as Marty Murray, Gabe Gauthier and Jon Klemm.
In a news release, Manchester coach Mark Morris said, ďDrew has emerged as our leader through his exceptional work habits and charismatic influence among his teammates. He leads by example. You can count on him to always put the team first. Heís a battler, willing to drop his gloves, block a shot or play with grit and tenacity against the opponentís top lines as a shutdown defender.Ē
Bagnall said, ďItís an honor. We have a team full of guys that could all be great leaders. To be named the captain amongst this team and amongst the guys that I really admire and respect means a lot to me. I think Iím a mixture of both (lead by example and as a vocal guy). I try to produce on the ice and try to do my job, make sure that Iím accountable and at the same time hold my teammates accountable. Sometimes something has to be said and sometimes itís not always what people want to hear, but itís a responsibility you take on as being captain.Ē
Bagnall has one goal and three assists in 16 games for the Monarchs this season. You might remember him as the player who fought Rich Clune early in training camp last year.
I have watched most of the Manchester's games (AHL Live) and though I cannot see the play off the puck, Hickey has looked anything but NHL ready. Manchester is taught the same system as the Kings which means Defensemen not activating and I think this hurts Hickey's style. Manchester plays a defensive first system and games can be pretty boring like the Kings when they think defense first, second, then offense third.