2010:11 Recap: Trevor Lewis
The draft pick used for him was what the Los Angeles Kings got from the Minnesota Wild for Pavol Demitra, who was a personal favourite of mine. Naturally, I was skeptical by the move and also with Dean Lombardi, who had just been appointed team general manager only weeks before.
After being drafted 17th in 2006, many wondered if Trevor Lewis even had a future in Los Angeles. Despite playing so much time in Manchester, the native of Salt Lake City, Utah only had a grand total of 11 games to his NHL career. This season, though, Lewis got his real taste of the big time.
2010-11 was a new test for Trevor Lewis as it was his first full season with Los Angeles. Overall, it was a decent year as the 24-year-old as he accumulated three goals and ten assists for 13 points in 72 games. For most of the season, Lewis was fairly non-excistent blending in nicely with the third and fourth lines but he play better during the latter part of the season, especially immediately after Anze Kopitar went down with his season-ending injury.
Although his goal and assist totals don't jump off the page, Lewis was very impressive in other categories. For the entire season, Lewis racked up a total of six penalty minutes, which shows just how disciplined the youngster is.
While his shooting percentage was only 2.9% per game, Lewis' defensive game was more of an asset to the Kings as his giveaway/takeaway ratio was impressive as he only gave away the puck 16 times compared to the 27 times he took the puck away from the opposition. Lewis also showed us tough side this season by collecting 102 hits. At 6'1, 192 pounds, Lewis may not be notorious for dishing out the punishment but his hits total is certainly a bonus.
As pleased as I was by Trevor Lewis' overall play this season, I'm expecting much better things from the former Owen Sound Attack in 2011-12 and I'm sure his teammates and Lewis himself feel the same way. And why shouldn't they?