LA Kings Trade For Defenseman Brayden McNabb Could Be More Important Than Gaborik Deal

EL SEGUNDO, CA — While everyone was ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the Los Angeles Kings acquiring sniper Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade deadline deal on March 5 (see LA Kings Trade For Marian Gaborik Is A Good One, But… for details and analysis), they may have overlooked another deadline day trade by the Kings that could have a longer and deeper impact on the franchise.

In that deal, the Kings acquired defenseman Brayden McNabb, right wing Jonathan Parker, and second round picks in the 2014 and 2015 NHL Drafts from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward/defenseman Nicolas Deslauriers and right wing Hudson Fasching.

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LA Kings Trade For Marian Gaborik Is A Good One, But…

NEWS/ANALYSIS: The Los Angeles Kings made quite the splash on Trade Deadline Day 2014, with the acquisition of high-powered sniper Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Was this a good trade for the Kings? A bad one? Does it push them ahead of the pack of legitimate Stanley Cup contenders? For answers to these questions, and for comments on the deal from Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, read on…


LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Now former Los Angeles Kings right wing Matt Frattin was skating during the Kings’ March 5 practice when the news broke that he had been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, along with a 2014 or 2015 second round draft pick (obtained from Toronto in the June 23, 2013 trade that sent goaltender Jonathan Bernier to Toronto, in exchange for Frattin, and goaltender Ben Scrivens; Toronto has the option on the year), and a conditional third round draft pick, in exchange for oft-injured sniper Marian Gaborik.

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LA Kings Forward Prospect Linden Vey Is “A Young Guy With Some Incredible Gifts”

Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Linden Vey, shown here
during the Kings’ 2013 Training Camp.
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LOS ANGELES — As reported in this space on October 15, the Los Angeles Kings have three, young forward prospects who are knocking on the door, just one player personnel move, or one injury, away from cracking the big club’s roster.

One of those players is 22-year-old, 6-0, 200-pound forward Linden Vey, who was selected by the Kings in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Vey, now in his third season with the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, was drafted as a right wing, but has played at center since last season, when his line, which included Kings prospects Tyler Toffoli on right wing, and Tanner Pearson on the left side, lit up the AHL.

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Los Angeles Kings Add Possible Top Six Left Wing Prospect

Los Angeles Kings prospect Nicolas Deslauriers, shown here during
the team’s 2013 Training Camp.
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LOS ANGELES — Just as the Los Angeles Kings were closing up shop on their 2013 Training Camp, and as the 2013-14 season was about to get underway, they acquired a new, young left wing prospect—a power forward with a scoring touch.

That player just might have a chance to become a top six forward for the Kings somewhere down the road. But the best part is that they did not have to give up anything to get him.

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LA Kings Defenseman Prospect Nicolas Deslauriers Is Now Focused On Defensive Zone

Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Nicolas Deslauriers
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since he was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (84th overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, many have kept an anxious eye on defenseman prospect Nicolas Deslauriers, because he had the size, strength, skating ability, and more—he already looked like he had many of the necessary attributes—maybe even the complete package—of the prototypical NHL-caliber defenseman.

But the 22-year-old, 6-1, 214-pound native of LaSalle, Quebec had one hitch in his game: defensive zone play was a rather foreign concept to him, but that was not necessarily his fault. After all, he played his major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, which has a reputation for run-and-gun, fire wagon hockey, with little defense.

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