TRH GAMEDAY 28 – BUFFALO SABRES: Index Complex

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Greeting Kings fans! Jesse Cohen from All The Kings Men here!

The 2003 NHL Draft is frequently referred to as one of the deepest of all time. Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were all taken in the 1st round, as were Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Marc-Andre Fleury.

It was so deep that players from the 5th (Lee Stempniak), 7th (Joe Pavelski) and 8th (Dustin Bufyglien) rounds have carved out solid NHL careers for themselves. Even the now non-existent 9th round produced a handful of players still contributing on NHL rosters.

One of those players is Buffalo Sabres left-winger Matt Moulson.

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Moulson began his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings. While he was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, he signed his entry-level contract with the Kings in 2006 after finishing his collegiate career at Cornell University. Upon joining the organization, Moulson spent the better part of three seasons with the Manchester Monarchs, where he scored 160 points in 188 games and appeared in videos like this one:

The Kings were chronically, and almost comically, undermanned at left wing, and Moulson was seen as part of an evolving solution. With other young players in Manchester like Brian Boyle and Teddy Purcell, it was believed that the Kings were finally building a second line to compliment players like Anze Kopitar and Brown. His first NHL goal hinted at a scoring touch that tantalized Kings fans desperate for more skill in the lineup.

During his three years with the franchise, Moulson struggled to crack the Kings lineup. He played in only 29 games, collecting 6 goals and 4 assists. In the summer of 2009, Moulson left the Kings and signed a contract with the New York Islanders.

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In his first three seasons on Long Island, Moulson scored 30, 31 and 36 goals while increasing his point totals and playing 82 games in each season. In the lockout shortened 20112-2013 season, he was on pace to score 27 goals and a career-high 77 points.

The instantaneous transformation from minor leaguer to first line player caused many Kings fans to believe that he was mishandled and under appreciated during his time in Los Angeles. He represented a new generation of Kings that would flourish once they donned a different jersey and became yet another player that would haunt them for years to come by pouring in goal after goal in a never ending testimony to the Kings inability to properly scout and develop talent.

When I suggested to The Royal Half that we should keep track of goals scored against the Kings by former players it didn’t take long for him to suggest naming it after Moulson. Thus the Moulson Index was born.

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Moulson only plays the Kings a few times each season, but he’s proven to be every bit as dangerous as the Index named after him suggests. In 9 games against the Kings, he has amassed 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) and has a +5 rating.

Also, he’s Jonathan Quick’s brother-in-law. Not sure if you heard anything about that.

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So that, Kings fans, is how and why The Moulson Index got it’s name.

Now please … let us never speak of it again.

Especially when if Matt Moulson scores against the Kings tonight.

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