Purcell 3 pts in 2 games. Plus a 3rd round. What a steal from LA.
It's a bit early to call it a 'steal' as Purcell has had impressive stretches in the past but failed to establish himself as an NHL regular. And we needn't exaggerate the value of third round picks because you are really talking about a <20% chance of drafting a decent NHL regular.
That said, Purcell has looked good and I'm one of the few Kings fans who supported him and still felt he has top-6 upside. Teddy has real slick hands, is a great playmaker and has improved his willingness to battle this season. He'll never be an especially effective forward in tough battles but he's willing to at least try now.
I think Tampa is a perfect fit. He'll be given an opportunity to play with star talent and you guys have a tight cap/budget situation so you need some cheap, effective top-9 talent. As far as I'm concerned, Purcell is more talented than Moulson and Matt has gone on to establish himself as a decent top-6er.
So - yeah - it's not a steal yet but I think in due time it will be. But he really wasn't going to get an opportunity again in LA so it's good for him. Hopefully Halpern can help us win some games in the playoffs so it's more of a win-win.