Like Alec Martinez and Dwight King before him, Jake Muzzin’s first stint with the Los Angeles Kings was uneventful. In fact, like the other two, fans were skeptical that Muzzin would even fit into the Kings’ long-term plans. So far this season, Jake the Snake (yes, that’s what I call him) is proving that he does belong with the Kings on a long-term basis.
For a team missing two of their defensive weapons on the blueline, the Los Angeles Kings haven’t appreciated Jake Muzzin’s presence more than they are right now.
In 11 games last season, Jake Muzzin registered just a single assist. After some time back in Manchester for the remainder of last season and during the lockout this season, the 24-year-old was given another chance in Los Angeles, this time to help fill the void left by injured defensemen Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. Muzzin has answered the bell.
In 18 games this season, Muzzin has scored four goals and added three assists to go along with a very respectable +6 rating. Muzzin’s efforts have even helped the Kings win some games, including last night where he helped his team overcome a three-goal deficit to defeat the St. Louis Blues.
En route to last night’s victory, Muzzin put the Kings on the board just seconds after the Blues opened the scoring before tying the game early in the third and then setting up Jeff Carter just minutes later for the game-winner.
I’ve said it enough times already but this Los Angeles Kings team, especially the defensive unit, has learned to succeed by committee. The aforementioned Alec Martinez and Dwight King impressed no one their first time with the big club but they both exceeded expectations during the next go-around. There seems to be a pattern considering Jake Muzzin has been down the same road.
But however Muzzin, like the aforementioned, found their way down said road is irrelevant just as long as the Woodstock, Ontario native did indeed find his way – and the Los Angeles Kings and their fans are left feeling satisfied as a result.