Tukonen Sent Packing; Kings Acquire Clune From Dallas
July 22, 2008 33 Comments
Clune, 21, played in 38 games with the Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League (formerly the Stars’ primary minor league affiliate) last season, scoring three goals with five assists for eight points while racking up 137 penalty minutes, which ranked him second on the club.
With the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, Clune scored 32 goals with 46 assists for 78 points with 151 penalty minutes during the 2006-07 season. He also led the Colts in playoff scoring with three goals and four assists for seven points with eight penalty minutes.
Clune was selected by the Stars in the third round (71st overall) of the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Tukonen, 21, scored nine goals and contributed 26 assists for 35 points with 24 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate) last season and did not contribute a point in two playoff games.
The 6-2, 198-pound native of Hyvinkaa, Finland, who was selected by the Kings in the first round (11th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has also appeared in five NHL games, all with the Kings.
Before you all start complaining, this is not a bad trade for the Kings. Tukonen is, without question, a draft bust, even though he is only 21 years old (he got an early start, being drafted at the age of 17). One can criticize the Kings for blowing a #11 pick on this guy in 2004 (before Lombardi came on board) or perhaps blame them for not developing him properly, which would be a big stretch, in my opinion. That said, Tukonen has never shown that he can become a top six forward at the NHL level…or at the AHL level, for that matter, despite having been given ample opportunity. Add to that the fact that he also has failed to display the physical play or work ethic to play as a third or fourth-line checking forward, it is quite obvious Tukonen is tapped out in terms of his development and will be little more than a career minor leaguer. Other teams all know this, severely limiting his trade value.
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