It may have only been for 11 games but Jake Muzzin got his first taste of the NHL this season as he began the year with the Los Angeles Kings before being sent down to Manchester where he spent the remainder of the season with the AHL's Monarchs.
There's a lot of promise surrounding Jake Muzzin within the Los Angeles Kings organization and, although his first stint with the big club wasn't the most eventful one, it's a good start as he can only build from this.
In those 11 games, Muzzin recorded an assists and then registered 18 poiints in 45 games with the Monarchs. At 6'2, 218 pounds, size is definitely on Muzzin's side. His style of play is somewhat similar to that of Matt Greene's as he can dish out a few hits as well as throwing his body in front of the puck to interrupt any offensive pressure from the opposing team.
Muzzin only had a -2 rating in Los Angeles but a much more impressive +20 rating in Manchester. In seven playoff games with the Monarchs, Muzzin collected four points, while three of those being goals.
Now 22, Muzzin now has the experience of the NHL under his belt, albeit a brief one. At this point, it's much too early to determine where Muzzin will start and even finish next season. He wasn't really favoured to crack a spot at last fall's training camp to open the season but he did. From that, it really isn't going to matter where Muzzin should end up but where he wants to. He showed that last fall and I am sure he will show that determination again this fall.
He may not have lighten up the scoreboard in Los Angeles the first time but that doesn't mean Jake Muzzin is not destined for great things in a Kings uniform. Only time will tell just where Muzzin fits in to the 2011-12 version of the Los Angeles Kings.