These type of things don’t always translate to the ice, but I can say that Patrick O’Sullivan seems a lot more confident, just in personal dealings with him. At camp last year he was quiet, maybe even a little on the aloof side. This year he just seems a lot more comfortable in his own skin, so I’ll be interested to see how that translates on the ice.
During the first couple days, O’Sullivan has been moved around a little bit, but he seems to have gotten into a groove playing alongside Michal Handzus and Ladislav Nagy. I remember that this was a subject during the summer, about how the Kings would be well served if O’Sullivan could earn that spot alongside those two guys. So that’s something to keep a close eye on during the rest of training camp.
O’Sullivan, now in his fourth NHL training camp, said he feels more confident and enjoys his new linemates.
“For sure. They’re guys who like to move the puck and I think I can fit nicely with them and get myself open for some scoring chances,” O’Sullivan said. “Obviously they play well together. I don’t understand Slovak but I think I already have a good read on how they like to play. When you play with two good players, it’s pretty easy.”
Of course, it’s too early to assume O’Sullivan has a spot on the team. It’s likely, but he will need to maintain that consistent work ethic, something that put him in Marc Crawford’s doghouse for a while last season.