HIPS DON’T LIE – WHO IS ANDREJ SEKERA?
— Marian Gaborik (@MGaborik12) February 26, 2015
Uh oh. Regehr says Sekera's nickname is "Reg." Two Regs on the Kings. Like two Willies, Richie/Rick, etc.
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) February 26, 2015
— Jarret Stoll (@jarretstoll) February 26, 2015
— Jeff Carter (@JeffCarter_77) February 25, 2015
Okay… maybe we should talk to some bloggers then.
Andrej Sekera, you've just been traded to the Kings. How quickly can you get out of Carolina and to LA? Hello? https://t.co/mAWGrXljrd
— PumperNicholl (@PumperNicholl) February 25, 2015
We reached out to a couple of our favorite hockey bloggers to get their opinion on the sandwich-creating, left-shot defenseman that is Andrej Sekera. First up, is Derek from Section 328 and the Cheaters Never Win Podcast:
Congrats guys, you’ve done it! You now have both NHL players involved in the Sekera-McBain trade from the 2013 draft. That’s gotta be worth at least 2 bonus points in the standings, right? While I didn’t have a lot of good things to say about McBain, it’s almost the exact opposite when it comes to Sekera.
Sekera does so many things well, but very few things at an elite level. He’s got good size, he’s a good skater, makes a nice outlet pass, controls the puck well, is positionally sound, has a good shot. In many ways, he’s Joe Dumars or Arn Anderson. He’s the glue guy and can make his defensive partner look like a million bucks. Sekera is also durable. Not only will he lay down to block shots from Shea Weber, but he’ll also fly into the boards and only miss 2 games.
In Carolina, he logged top minutes in all situations, and even though his points are down this year from last, he’s always capable of contributing on offense. If he weren’t looking for Marc Staal type money this offseason, we’d love to re-sign him in Carolina. Kings fans just got themselves one heck of a defenseman who now might get some of the national recognition he’s certainly earned.
It wouldn’t be deadline season if Dean Lombardi was finding a way to acquire a former Buffalo Sabres defenseman.
Andrej Sekera had an interesting time in Buffalo. He’s a strong skater who plays a pretty complete game. But he’s not a player who is going to blow you away with his physical game and there are times that his offense dries up. His lack of overwhelming physical play was a cause of derision in Buffalo as a fair segment of fans grew tired of him because he simply wasn’t the type to finish every check. It’s no coincidence that these are the same fans who celebrated Ted Nolan’s return as his first run in Buffalo featured a team that was long on fighters and short on top-end talent.
Sekera was never a player I was all that high on simply because he never seemed to fit with the organization’s plans. Lindy Ruff never seemed to have an ideal spot for him in the lineup and it was reflected in his minutes and play on the ice. It’s no surprise to me that he enjoyed a terrific coming out party in Carolina after landing with a team that found the proper way to deploy him.
My biggest concern with Sekera was his inconsistent offensive production. He only surpassed 20 points once during his time in Buffalo (29 points in 2010-11) and he wasn’t a player who would willingly join the rush despite his superb skating ability. Again, some of that is tied to the way he was being deployed under Ruff as his play at the 2010 Olympic Games showed a dynamic defender who was involved in the rush and stout in his own zone.
It’s unfortunate for the Sabres that Sekera blossomed into a solid defenseman once he left Buffalo and under a different regime he may have been a player they kept an built around. He spent time paired with Robyn Regehr while he was here in Buffalo and I wouldn’t be shocked to see them reunited at some point. Sekera has become a terrific asset and he’s going to make that incredibly impressive defensive corps that much better, the Kings landed a good player here.
So there you have it. And just to be 100% clear, right now, one half of the LA Kings current defense… once played for the Buffalo Sabres.
God help us all.
Finally, make sure you check out this great interview on TSN Radio with Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel, Michael Futa. It should make you so happy to know that your favorite hockey team is in such elite hands.