Dave Taylor has been making a flurry of trades that he is hoping will result in a championship. The only thing is that this championship is in Lowell.
Taylor has picked up four players over the last week and almost all are career minor leaguers. While most of the deals didn’t cost much, there was a significant move made Wednesday when the Kings gave up on former top prospect Don MacLean. MacLean was sent to Toronto for 32-year-old Greg Charron, who has never played a single NHL game and only has 32 IHL games under his belt. If there is a league with five skaters and a net, Charron has played in it. The significance of this move is hard to tell. Firstly, it shows a dedication to Lowell by parting with a prospect for a player who will contribute to the Lock Monsters right away and is a crowd favorite. Since the Kings will occupy the entire Lowell roster next season, this was probably a good PR move in Lowell. Secondly, it is an awakening for all underachieving prospects like MacLean. He may be very attractive to an expansion team. He comes with a lot of promise, has significant size, has NHL experience and doesn’t make too much money. That is clearly why the Kings decided it was time to cut the cord with MacLean. While MacLean’s stagnant development has been frustrating, he was starting to turn the corner. The fact is though the Kings had no choice in this move. They had been patient and had to move him. Toronto or whatever expansion team gets him may benefit from a re-awakening that can come when a highly touted prospect realized a team has given up on him. He scored a power play goal in his first game with St. John’s. Toronto’s AHL team.
A few things from around the Kings’ pipeline. We all know that Andrei Shefer is having a great season. He has 32 goals and 36 assists in 60 games, which ranks him fifth on his own team?
Brian McGratten reached a milestone this week by garnering his 200th PIM of the season. That puts him 3 PIM’s behind the lead in the OHL and way ahead of the 178 that former teammate and current Kings’ prospect Kip Brennan has racked up. McGratten has 25 points and is an amazing -43. That lofty number ranks him fourth on his team for worst plus-minus.