Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kings Cuts Part III

A few more cuts today:

Drew Bagnall (Defense) - Manchester, AHL
Gabe Gauthier (Center) - Manchester, AHL
Brandon Segal (Right Wing) - Manchester, AHL
John Zeiler (Right Wing) - Manchester, AHL

Nothing surprising, except to say that Manchester is getting even better... Zeiler is a bit of a surprise, although nothing shocking. As we discussed previously, this means that the Kings have a fourth line that's a bit more up in the air. Many analysts (myself included) assumed Zeiler would make the team as either a fourth-line player, or perhaps even as an extra forward. By my count that leaves the following players as options:

Marc-Andre Cliche
Kyle Clifford
Richard Clune
Peter Harrold
Raitis Ivanans
Trevor Lewis
Brad Richardson
Brayden Schenn
Kevin Westgarth

I'd be surprised if Schenn made the team playing on the fourth line, only because he needs significant minutes to develop and he's unlikely to get them on this line. The loss of Zeiler does make Richardson's place on the Kings somewhat more likely. If I were to predict at the moment the line, I'm thinking it will include Ivanans, Richardson and Harrold. I'd like to see Lewis, and that's certainly a possibility, but for the moment I'm holding strong with my predictions. What are your thoughts?

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