The Blake Trade- Good for the System?

By Tony Calfo
I am one of the many who did not like the Rob Blake trade. Rob Blake is a one-of-a-kind player who will never be replaced by another player. Even as the Kings prosper since his trade, that big force on the blue line is absent.

As time goes on and the trade is further dissected, it is becoming obvious that the Kings had two goals from this trade: 1- Make up for Blake with a solid defenseman and a forward who is defensively responsible. 2- Take a huge step towards resurrecting the farm system by adding as many as three top draft picks. All in all, it seems to be a good idea.

The Kings were faced with the fact that Blake would not resign. The blame may lie with both parties, but the fact was that Blake would not sign with the Kings. Most King fans thought that Taylor would use Blake to get a goaltender. When he didn’t, the Kings were left without their top defenseman and without a goalie who could keep them in games. The acquisition of the steady Aaron Miller and addition of an experienced goaltender in Felix Potvin has at worst put a band-aid on the problem. Potvin may not be as quick with the glove, but he is seldom out of position the way Fiset and Storr often are, and the Kings defensemen have made a commitment to protecting their zone. The result has been the best play by the Kings all season, and maybe even back to last season.

As for the system, it can really feel the effects of the Kings trade. If DT can select the right prospect and draft two more quality players in the first round, the Kings could add these picks to the other forwards they are collecting (Shefer, Frolov and Lehoux) and come out with the depth they have lacked for so long. As someone who frowned on the trade right away, I have to say the Kings finally did what fans have waited for them to do for so long- stick with a plan and don’t sacrifice the future for a short term gain in the present.

–Goalie Help On the Way?

Did you see that Corey Campbell was named the OHL Goaltender of the Month for February? Campbell posted a 7-0-1 record, along with a 2.23 goals against average and .923 save percentage in eight February games for the Sarnia Sting.

Campbell held the opposition to just one goal on four occasions in February, including a 28 save effort against the Guelph Storm on February 24.

The 19-year-old Kings prospect improved his season record to 15-10-2, along with a 3.42 goals against average and .923 save percentage.