As is typical around this time of year, some prospects have to be cut loose. For the Kings, that means weeding out some of the weakest and least likely to make a positive contribution to the franchise. As of June 1st, the Kings have parted ways with Niclas Andersen and Geordie Wudrick.
Geordie Wudrick was a 3rd round pick as recently as 2008, but the Kings clearly felt he had not developed to the point that they needed. Last season he played in the Western Hockey League for Swift Current Broncos and Kelowna Rockets and put together 27 goals and 21 assists in 62 games. While it’s a respectable total, I have to admit I’m not entirely clear why the Kings felt it was time to cut bait on this one. At 6ft 4in and 214 pounds, he’s a physical presence, but his dream of playing in the NHL – at least with the Kings – appears to be over.
Niclas Andersen on the other hand was a 4th round pick way back in 2006 and still has yet to make the jump to North America. With only 3 goals and 3 assists in 42 games in the Swedish Elite League, he was clearly not making significant strides and his time had come and gone. He’s been passed by a number of defensemen in the system, and there’s no real downside to letting him go.
Wudrick is available to be drafted again in this draft, while Andersen is a free agent, but I’m not sure the Kings will miss either of them dramatically. Think we’ll regret either choice?