Purcell's dominating season in the AHL puts him a notch above Moulson for now, but it's clearly possible for either one of them to excel. Purcell is more a natural top-six type. Moulson has been thought of as third line, but could easily be second line material. The interesting thing about Moulson is that he is a natural left winger, and that's something of a rarity (Luuuuuuuc).Quisp said:
Anthony, you're like that that 60s Star Trek creature they kept firing their phasers into, before they realized it fed off the energy; [...]But I can't help myself: [you wrote] "Were Kopitar and Brown healthy scratches tonight? Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot. They were on the same line with the Magnificent Moulson. With the exception of one shift, Kopi and Brown were invisible. They even looked frustrated with their linemate. But what can you say, Terry Murray loves the magnificent Moulson."
Anthony, I don't think you should write off Moulson just yet. He is a natural goal scorer. Murray knows it. Lombardi knows it. You'd rather we ditch him now so he can do it for some other team?
Ok quisp. I'll take your word and wait for Moulson to flower. You've been correct about Moller and Simmonds.Quisp said:
Moulson scored 25 and 28 goals in his last two AHL seasons, and last year managed 9 points in 22 games with the Kings (roughly same as Moller this year over the same number of games). [someone commented that] Moulson..."should stop thinking he's an offensive player because he's not." Why? Because, the rest of his career notwithstanding, he didn't click with Brown and Kopitar who so far this season have clicked with exactly nobody, not even each other?
April 20, 2009 11:33 AM
Moulson will definitely find a home somewhere. He's a left wing (always coveted); he's got the skill set; he's affordable. It comes down to a bunch of stuff we can't know, whether Moulson wants to play for the Kings, likes TM and/or DL, whether they value him or think he's useful. it will be easy to lose him, since he can sign anywhere and the Kings -- who have announced they will be big players in the UFA market this summer -- appear to have their sights set a bit higher. [...] Moulson's offensive upside is at least what Boyle's is. He's a kid who could easily show up on another team scoring quite a few goals, causing us to gnash our teeth in frustration and shame.
I agree completely that we need help on the left side. By 2011, at least one of Wudrick, King or Clune should have arrived. And maybe -- maaaaaaaybe -- Moulson gets signed and sticks this time. I still hold out hope that he's one of those Robitaille-like guys who can score a ton despite the fact that people think he shouldn't be able to skate in this league. He has "the knack."
Matt Moulson is now being cited as one of the 10 biggest stories of the year in the NHL. Who could have predicted that?