The Los Angeles Kings made one of the biggest moves among the Western Conference Contenders when they dealt Matt Frattin and a couple of draft picks for former Blue Jacket, Ranger and Wild forward Marian Gaborik. While they added a solid sniper, the Sharks, Ducks, Blues, Blackhawks and even the Avalanche as the other 5 major contenders in the West, all pretty much stayed put with their roster, and the Ducks actually subtracted a player in Dustin Penner.
Gaborik has been injury riddled in his career and the one criticism since the deal could be that he isn’t rugged enough or have the durability to play the Kings’ style.
What he has been able to do in his NHL career is put up points. He has 688 career points (342G, 346 assists) in just under 800 NHL games.
So, with the Kings in that group of teams that are anticipated to beat each other silly in the playoffs for the right to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup final, was Gaborik the piece of the puzzle that put them over the top? There is still no clear cut favorite in the race, and the Kings might even be considered the underdog of the group based on the current standings. So, we ask the question: