I personally love the way Oscar Moller plays and what he brings to the Los Angeles Kings. He uses his smaller frame as an advantage to whiz by the opposition. Moller has so many weapons from his speed and his finesse to his uncanny wristshot and crashing the net to create traffic. So, why is it that Moller is so underused?
Since playing 40 games in rookie season of 2008-09 for the Kings, Moller has not played as many games for the big club since as, since then, he has alternated his time between Los Angeles and Manchester. I’d be remiss not to mention how great the Stockholm native has played the Monarchs. In 2009-10, he scored 33 points in 43 points and, this past season, he registered 50 points in 59 points. With that said, though, it can be a little discouraging to think if Moller will ever have a full-time career in Los Angeles.
When he wasn’t in Manchester, Moller was in Los Angeles where he played only 13 games, recording a goal and three assists along the way. In those 13 games, Moller has averaged 14:35 of ice time, which isn’t terrible but a player of his talent certainly deserves a few more minutes out there.
His 5/3 Giveaway/Takeaway ratio this past season is respectable but it pales in comparison to his 7/1 ratio in 2009-10 when he played 34 games for the Kings. Then again, in those 34 games, he only registered seven points. Depending on how you look at it, Moller could’ve had a better year this season or last.
It seems as though Oscar Moller has been with the Kings organization for longer than he really has. Let’s not forget that he is still only 22 years old. He was drafted in 2007 52nd overall so it’s clear that Dean Lombardi has high hopes for Moller. At least it was.
I’m really not sure what the future in Los Angeles holds for Oscar Moller but I am hoping he sticks around for at least a few more years because if I was as impressed as I was by his play in only 13 games, imagine how I’d feel if Moller played in 60, 70 or even 80 games.