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    we just signed some guy named Zack Mitchell....seriously...who the heck is this guy?

    https://www.capfriendly.com/players/zack-mitchell

    GO KINGS GO!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mondo Blando View Post
    I remember when Kevin Brown was a can't miss lock for a top 6 RW job.

    Man, the threads we had just a few seasons ago where some folks kept inking Mersch into next year's lineup, then the next year, then the next year, those were golden.
    After all the hype and finally seeing him up in the bigs, it was quite obvious a Dustin Penner type was not going to cut it in the NEW NHL. While the kid has guts and heart fighting in front of the net, he isn't mobile enough. He would have possibly been a great player in the Eric Lindros 90's!

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    Sometimes a guy just doesn't fit into the slot they were grooming him for.

    Mersch could be similar to a guy like Brian Boyle - being projected as a top 6 and future core player probably made it impossible for both Boyle and the organization to accept putting him in a 4th line grinder role. Yet seemingly as soon as he arrived in NY, he pretty much figured out the player he was going to be and made a nice career of it. (Of course, NY clearly had a different vision of what a 4th line grinder looks like than LA did.)

    I think Mersch had his best shot probably 2 years ago. That was a favorable era with a favorable regime still in place, and he just didn't take that final step. But he was always viewed as a top 6 power forward in training. Maybe he goes to Dallas and reinvents himself as a 4th line guy. Typically, you'd be looking for either toughness or speed in that role, but maybe Dallas also has a different vision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triplcrown View Post
    I still think, if the Crohn's isn't a factor, Gravel could be a solid NHL D-Man, with more experience.
    I think it's safe to say that if Gravel had 2 full, healthy seasons with Drew Doughty as his partner, Derek Forbort would be the one going to Edmonton's camp this fall.

    Kings aren't hurting for left shot D, so it's not that big a deal, but still...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goon Squad View Post
    Sometimes a guy just doesn't fit into the slot they were grooming him for.

    Mersch could be similar to a guy like Brian Boyle - being projected as a top 6 and future core player probably made it impossible for both Boyle and the organization to accept putting him in a 4th line grinder role. Yet seemingly as soon as he arrived in NY, he pretty much figured out the player he was going to be and made a nice career of it. (Of course, NY clearly had a different vision of what a 4th line grinder looks like than LA did.)

    I think Mersch had his best shot probably 2 years ago. That was a favorable era with a favorable regime still in place, and he just didn't take that final step. But he was always viewed as a top 6 power forward in training. Maybe he goes to Dallas and reinvents himself as a 4th line guy. Typically, you'd be looking for either toughness or speed in that role, but maybe Dallas also has a different vision.
    Don't forget that Boyle's development was disrupted and possibly short-circuited, when the Kings tried to turn him into a defenceman.
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