In his second full season with Los Angeles, Rob Scuderi has proven what a valuable commodity he is to his team’s defensive core. Scuderi had another blue-collar season that saw block a number of shots and break up a plethora of scoring chances from the opposing team. Suffice to say, the Kings’ goaltenders are happy to have him on board.
After registering 11 assists in 73 games in 2009-10 for the Kings, Scuderi had a slight better year offensive scoring his first two goals as a King in addition to 13 assists. If there’s anything to take away from offensive play this season was that the Syosset, New York, native dropped from a +16 rating in 2009-10 to +1 this season.
Say what you will, though, as Rob Scuderi was not brought to Los Angeles for his offensive prowess. He does help out every now and then in that department but it’s his defense that attracted Dean Lombardi and company, especially on the heels of helping his former, the Pittsburgh Penguins, win the Stanley Cup in 2009.
In terms of his defensive game, Scuderi made 122 blocks this season, which tops his 2009-10 total of 109. In his first season as a King, Scuderi had impressive Takeaway/Giveaway ratio of 33/23. This past season, however, those numbers weren’t as good as his ratio was 59/22.
There are definitely a few aspect to Scuderi’s game that he came improve on for next. Fewer giveaways and more takeaways would definitely be among those. Overall, though, Rob Scuderi’s presence, not to mention his tireless work ethic is what keeps this Kings team one of the best defensive units in the league and one of the more dominant on the penalty-kill.
The 33-year-old alum of Boston College already has two seasons down in Los Angeles and I have all the confidence in the world that his third season will be his best one yet.