Player evaluation: Purcell



This season: 10 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, plus-2 rating.

Positives: Got only a brief taste of the NHL, but that experience should pay off later, when he cracks the NHL lineup for good. Purcell totaled 25 goals and 58 assists in 67 games with Manchester, oustanding numbers for a first-year professional player. There’s every reason to think that Purcell’s offensive skills will translate to the NHL

Negatives: There’s the lack of NHL experience, but every young player goes through that. In general, Purcell will have to show, on the NHL level, that he’s not just a one-dimensional player. Adding some bulk to his 6-foot-3 frame will help in that quest.

Looking ahead: Last summer, Dean Lombardi had Purcell penciled in as a potential top-line winger. At the time, that seemed optimistic, but given Purcell’s tremendous success in the AHL this season, it no longer seems like a huge stretch. Purcell will have every opportunity, this summer and during training camp, to earn a spot on the Kings’ roster.

Contract situation: Signed through 2008-09 (cap number of $1.35 million next season).

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email