By now we’ve all heard about Justin Williams’ unfortunate injury that will put him out of at least the remainder of the regular season for the Kings. With any luck, he’ll recover in time to play a role with the team if they make it deep into the playoffs. Regardless, the time is now for Oscar Moller to bring his “A” game.
Oscar Moller is only 22 years old, so it would be more than disingenuous to say that this is his last shot, but it’s certainly a great one for the youngster. Moller will start the game against San Jose on the first line with Dustin Penner and Anze Kopitar. His comments were illustrative:
No pressure, right? It’s fun, for sure, playing with two great players. Obviously I’ll try to bring my `A’ game. My compete level has got to be high and I have to do all the things right, starting in our own end, all the way down to their end.”
In his defense, he definitely seems to realize that this is a great chance for him. In the four games he appeared in back in December, Moller turned in a goal and two assists, a solid result and a rate at which the Kings would be happy to see him again. The only questions will be how quickly he can pick up on the chemistry that Kopitar and Penner have been developing, and has he acquired the strength necessary to put the puck in the net during hard-nosed playoff-style matches.
Obviously for the Kings, the best thing that could happen is that Moller develops chemistry with Penner and Kopitar and becomes the sniper the Kings need for their offensive spark. He’d be a great fit, and allow the Kings to move Williams down the depth chart and provide a more offensive punch from line 2. It would be a great result, if perhaps a bit more optimistic. More realistically, if Moller can put a handful of pucks in the net, and continue his to compete at a high level, Kings fans will have to be happy.
They’ll may have to be, but will you be?