Being the envy of most teams in the league with their depth on the blueline, it’s unlikely (although not impossible) that the Los Angeles Kings will make their first pick in the 2011 draft a defenseman. However, Scott Mayfield has a side to his game that the Kings may want to consider being moving on.
Having spent his 2010-11 season with Youngstown of the USHL, Mayfield is a huge presence on the backend despite only registering 16 points in 52 games. At 6’4, 197 pounds, size is definitely on Mayfield’s side. Aside from skating exceptionally well given his frame, he plays a physical style that gets under the skin of opponents, much like the style of current Kings D-man, Matt Greene. In addition to his physical prowess, Mayfield is very skilled defensively as he is effective clearing the crease.
On the downside, Mayfield’s hockey sense raises a few questions. He has also shown the habit of being overaggressive as well as making poor decisions on the ice, regardless if he has the puck or not.
Overall, Scott Mayfield has the physical tools to one day become an intimidating defensive force at the pro level. He just needs time and adjustment to simplify his game first.
NHL Central Scouting: 24th (among North American skaters)
International Scouting Services: 32nd
The Hockey News: 24th
**Numbers provided by TSN.ca