Kings acquire Stefan Legein and a 6th for, well, probably nothing
Kings complete minor trade " LA Kings Insider
The Kings have acquired Stefan Legein and a sixth-round pick in next year’s draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for "future considerations." The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the trade clears contract space for the Flyers, who were at their contract limit. [...] Legein is expected to be assigned to the Manchester Monarchs.
You might remember Legein -- if not his name, then at least his story -- because of this odd turn of events three years ago:
The Hockey News: Adam Proteau's Column: THN.com Blog: Don't vilify Stefan Legein for stepping away
The news out of Columbus late Tuesday – namely, that Stefan Legein, the Blue Jackets’ second round pick (37th overall) in 2007, was abruptly retiring at age 19 – left the team’s fans and management in a fair amount of shock. I hope the young man isn’t vilified for his decision. Who among us hasn’t had doubts in our late teens (or for that matter, well beyond that age) about our direction in life? [...] My best wishes go out to Legein, regardless of his lot in life. It couldn’t have been an easy choice – and the last thing he needs right now is thousands of second-guessers dressing him down for it.
Legein was drafted by Columbus, 37th in 2007, in the same second round that Lombardi selected Oscar Moller (52nd) and Wayne Simmonds (61st).
The Demotech Difference: Sports News: Columbus Draft Review
In the second round with the 37th overall pick, the Blue Jackets selected right wing Stefan Legein. Legein was ranked thirteenth in the final 2007 North American skater rankings of the Central Scouting Service. He is considered a feisty fore-checker. In the 2007 CHL Prospects game, Legein won the fastest skater competition.
The Puck Stops Here: CHL Top Prospects Game
The CHL Top Prospects Game is an exhibition played by 40 of the best players who will be eligible in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. [...] The forty participating players have been announced. Here they are:
Logan Couture, Ottawa 67's
Angelo Esposito, Quebec Remparts [...]
Sam Gagner, London Knights
Colton Gillies, Saskatoon Blades
Zach Hamill, Everett Silvertips
Patrick Kane, London Knights [...]
Oscar Moller, Chilliwack Bruins
Nick Palmieri, Erie Otters [...]
Brandon Sutter, Red Deer Rebels [...]
Jakub Voracek, Halifax Mooseheads
Karl Alzner, Calgary Hitmen [...]
Alex Plante, Calgary Hitmen
Prospect Stefan Legein Player Profile - Hockey's Future
Blessed with blazing speed, the Oakville, ON native plays a game tailor-made for the new, less-restrictive NHL. His work ethic and dedication to improving his game have been lauded by coaches, teammates, and scouts alike.