Ted Purcell looks like he's with the Kings to stay after being called up from the AHL Feb. 23. (Getty Images)
As a 21-year-old undrafted prospect in 2007, Ted Purcell had many NHL teams scrambling to sign him to a contract. As it sometimes happens, Purcell slipped through the draft because the United States League does not get the attention or respect that Canadian junior hockey or American college hockey gets. However, in 2006-07 he put up some big numbers for the University of Maine, taking to the ice with players who were far older.
The Kings won the Purcell lottery in April of ‘07 by signing him to an entry-level deal and he proceeded to win the American League rookie of the year award last season. After an impressive cup of coffee with the Kings in the spring, many poolies thought he was a lock to make the Kings this season. However, he was beaten out by the hardworking Wayne Simmonds and the two-way threat Oscar Moller.
Unfazed, the 23-year-old Purcell continued posting respectable numbers for Manchester. Once again, he impressed the Kings during another brief NHL call up – enough so that the team shipped off Patrick O’Sullivan for some veteran leadership in Justin Williams for next year. Now Purcell is here to stay.
He was on a five-game point streak until Friday night, posting six points in that span. With 15 games left, you can expect at least another 12 points and he will be a 65-point dark horse for next season. Bold words, but all the signs are pointing in an upward direction…
Here’s a player who is under the radar. Remember Jamie Lundmark? He was one of the hottest prospects to own in keeper leagues 10 years ago, but was probably brought into the NHL (by the Rangers) too soon.
Now 28, Lundmark seems to be pulling a Daniel Cleary. That is – making his mark in the NHL with hard work and timely production. The Flames are having trouble sending Lundmark back to the American League, given his 10 points in 13 games.
The good thing about Lundmark compared to Cleary is Lundmark doesn’t get injured as often. He’ll need to stick with the Flames for an extended post-season run if he is going to have a strong NHL campaign in 2010-11, as he is still on the bubble…
Philly’s Scott Hartnell has already set a career high of 50 points and is on pace for 62. He is finally giving fantasy owners what they saw in him eight years ago. To top 60 points and 150 penalty minutes is rotisserie gold. He is still only 26 years old, so barring injury the best is still to come…
Farm Report: Nashville prospect Patric Hornqvist has scored a goal in eight straight AHL games for Milwaukee. The 22-year-old initially made the Preds, but was sent down for more seasoning. He looks promising to make the team in the fall and has second-line, 70-point upside.
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