Like Handzus, Ponikarovsky and Harrold, John Zeiler is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and like the latter two, there’s no reason to indicate that Zeiler will be back with the Kings organization next year.
After being drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes back in 2002, the native of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, spent the last five seasons with the organization, spending most of his time in Manchester. Zeiler never played more than 36 games for the Kings in a single season, which he did in 2007-08 when he was only able to record a single point, while his biggest point production in Los Angeles came the previous season when he collected three points in 23 games.
After not playing with the Kings at all in 2009-10, the 28-year-old was promoted for a very brief time to Los Angeles where he recorded no points in four games.
It’s possible that John Zeiler could find some kind of success with another NHL club but the fact is, for whatever reason, he just could not make an impact in Los Angeles. Then again, he wasn’t around long enough to have much of an opportunity.
I wish the best of luck to John Zeiler in the future. I personally hope he gets better accustomed in his next destination.