Andrew Bodnarchuk was waived by the Kings this morning, which means Jake Muzzin has won the battle for the role of extra defenseman in camp.
After watching them play in Manchester this season, my impression was that Bodnarchuk was the more consistent of the two, although Muzzin, who played on the top pair, is certainly bigger (6'3", 214 lbs.) and flashier. Both are more offensive defensemen rather than Mitchell-types.
Muzzin, now 23, had a brief stint with the Kings back in the fall of 2010 when he earned a spot out of camp. He had one assist in eleven games before he was sent back down to work on his defensive game. His road back to the NHL got tougher when Alec Martinez took his place and stuck with the big club instead.
Robert noted that Muzzin's possession stats during that call-up were troubling, although we can't conclude much about his current ability from a handful of games two seasons ago.
Davis Drewiske is more experienced and could get the nod once the season starts, but for now, Muzzin has a shot at advancing his career. If the Kings do decide to send him back to Manchester, though, he could get snagged off waivers like Hickey.
Bodnarchuk waived, Muzzin stays as Kings begin making cuts
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