Kings coach Murray says Wayne Simmonds ‘hit a wall’

Obviously, there is more to player evaluation than just stats.

However, let’s start there for Wayne Simmonds

2008-09 – nine goals, 14 assists, 23 points, 73 PIM, minus-8, 127 shots

2009-10 – 16 goals, 24 assists, 40 points, 116 PIM, plus-22, 127 shots

2010-11 – 14 goals, 16 assists, 30 points, 75 PIM, minus-2, 117 shots

Many people were predicting a ‘breakout’ year for Simmonds this season. The numbers suggest it didn’t materialize. He also went through scoring slumps of six, seven, eight plus games where he wasn’t scoring a goal – and he was given top line minutes at various points throughout the season.

So, I asked coach Terry Murray – did he regress in his development this year?

Murray – “He hit a bit of a wall. I don’t know if he took a step backwards – maybe a half of step. I thought in the first couple of years there was a lot of physical involvement, a lot of grit, a lot more confrontational stuff, more of that – sometimes you have to get into that ‘f-you battle’ all the time on the ice, send a message that way. I think sometimes this year I would have liked to have seen more of that, in year three. I don’t want to say it’s a natural progression for young players, where you come in with a big bang and now you’re trying to sort out and trying to improve and you kind of have a tough time getting to that point, you have to sort it out. What’s critical here is the off-season and, for me, that he continues to push. Not only in the physical part of it, but now you have to analyze your own self and your own game and watch your game again, by actually bringing clips or the game itself home with you and analyzing it, so that you’re going to get yourself ready to get back to where we want you to be.”

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Wayne Simmonds – Born for Playoff Hockey?

Cruising the mall with Simmonds and Doughty

Simmonds on Penner and ‘greasy goals’

Two Minutes in the Box… with Wayne Simmonds

Kings players on their favorite moments in Anaheim

Shop for Los Angeles Kings Gear at Shop.NHLcom!Shop.NHL.com

Recent Articles

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven Boldly Predicts Kings Future Plans

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined host Jonathan Davis on the Two Man Advantage to discuss a myriad of Los Angeles Kings related topics – and went so far as making a few bold predictions about upcoming moves and the future of GM Dean Lombardi, […]

Reign Sent Reeling By San Jose

The Ontario Reign skated in their second game of a back-to-back against the visiting San Jose Barracuda. San Jose boasted a 10-game winning streak entering Saturday night’s action, seven of the wins coming on the road. They would push those numbers to 11, and eight on the road Saturday, handing Ontario a 2-0 loss. The […]

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Top Two Players Revealed

The wait is over; it’s time to reveal the top two players on our 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings. Which player has earned the coveted No. 1 spot?
As we finish off this multi-part series, we’ll begin with a thank you to all those who study our rankings. These articles continue to provide some of the most […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings – Honorable Mentions

Surprise! Your patience is about to be rewarded. After sitting on pins and needles, waiting to get an update on the LA Kings top prospects, we’re back. Fear not, oh loyal readers; we haven’t let you down in the … [Read More...]

More Prospect News