Former LA Kings’ prospect Paul LaDue confident he can stick in NHL

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After failing to latch on in a permanent role with the LA Kings, Paul LaDue is confident he can play in the NHL with the Washington Capitals.

There wasn’t a time too long ago that Paul LaDue was considered a top prospect within the LA Kings’ organization. Despite being taken in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, the former University of North Dakota standout was believed to be a critical piece of the team’s future at the blueline.

Now, he’s looking to latch on with the Washington Capitals after signing a one-year deal worth $700,000.

LaDue, 28, played 22 games for the LA Kings in the 2016-2017 season, tallying 8 assists. He scored his first goal the following season, but the production never came. Instead, he spent the majority of his time in the Kings’ organization with the Ontario Reign.

Last year, LaDue scored 9 goals with 18 assists in 48 games for Ontario.

"“I couldn’t be more thankful for everything the Kings did for me over the years, but at the same time, I think this is very refreshing to get a fresh start with a new team,” said LaDue, via GrandForksHerald. “I’m looking forward to going out and proving myself. I believe I can play in this league and be effective. So, I’m looking forward to the new change and I’m ready to get going.”"

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Playing time could be difficult to come by with the Capitals as well, especially since the organization is set on the right side of their defense. And while his playing time on the left side has been limited, his best bet to find a role with the team would be on the third pairing in place of Jonas Siegenthaler.

But at the moment, it would appear he’ll begin the season with Hersey of the AHL.