|Trent Hunter of the Kings (photo: M. Zampelli)|
Of the 459 NHL games Trent Hunter had already played coming into this season, only six of them were against the Kings. So, to say there isn’t a lot of familiarity there would be an understatement.
Earlier today we kicked off a special series where some of the new Kings can share their initial observations about particular teammates.
Ethan Moreau got things going in the first article and now we turn to Hunter, another veteran forward. Here’s what he’s learned about a few of the guys so far…
On Anze Kopitar – “I hadn’t really had a chance to see him play much before. But, he’s definitely one of the elite players in this league. He makes plays – you think he’s going to go somewhere with the puck and he completely does something else that you don’t even realize was there. He creates so much out there it’s amazing.”
On Drew Doughty – “Young guy, lots of energy and he likes to have fun. He’s one of those guys who’s fun to watch on the ice.”
On Kyle Clifford – “He’s been a little bit quiet. I haven’t talked a whole lot with him. But, he works hard. He gets pucks in and you know he’s going to go in, bang some bodies, and stand up for his teammates.”
On Jack Johnson – “I think he has a lot of skill with the puck and likes to rush the puck up the ice. He can make some great plays. And we saw him get a couple overtime winners too, so he’s another guy who’s fun to watch.”
For those wondering, Hunter is rooming with Colin Fraser on the road right now. He’s pretty much the only guy Hunter knew prior to signing in LA, as the two had done a little training together up in Alberta a few summers ago.
If you missed it earlier this summer, just one day after foot surgery (and right as the Kings had filed their official grievance with the league over the Ryan Smyth trade), Fraser stopped by MayorsManor for an exclusive interview. That article and several others related to the above content can be found down below.
We’ll have more in this series coming up soon. In the meantime, leave a comment – it’s easy, you can even use your facebook profile. Try it, you’ll like it.
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