Player evaluation: Ellerby - LA Kings Insider

This season: 35 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 16 penalty minutes, plus-5 rating (with Los Angeles); 44 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 52 penalty minutes, plus-3 rating (total)
The good: Ellerby stepped into a challenging role with Los Angeles after he was acquired from Florida in exchange for a fifth round draft pick on February 8. There were very few options available via trade at the time, and Ellerby’s arrival from Florida represented the acquisition of a low-cost, low-risk player who could inherit minutes in the absence of Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. Considering Alec Martinez suffered an upper-body injury three days after Ellerby’s arrival, the timing of the trade worked well. Ellerby originally skated with Drew Doughty before Jake Muzzin’s emergence; the eventual shift appeared to work well for the team, as both Muzzin (alongside Doughty) and Ellerby (often alongside Martinez) played their best hockey throughout March. When Muzzin and Ellerby skated together at even strength in April, Ellerby skated as a right defenseman, which showed some versatility as it took him away from his preferred side. A mostly effective penalty killer, Darryl Sutter always appeared appreciative of Ellerby’s contributions and his attempts to play more “abrasive” and move pucks quickly. It often appeared as though Sutter was trying to build up Ellerby’s confidence in his praise of the fourth-year player during media availability. The former 10th overall pick from the 2007 NHL Draft brought with him a humble, blue collar attitude and fit in well in Los Angeles’ room.
The bad: Ellerby never received as much ice time as he did in the first three games he played with the Kings, and after the arrival of Robyn Regehr, it became difficult to define his contributions outside of the penalty kill. He struggled to defend against faster players and teams, and only appeared in one playoff game after the first four games of the St. Louis series. At 6-foot-4, he adequately used his size, but if we’re to grade his performance based on Sutter’s desire for him to play “abrasive,” it would be tough to assign him a grade above a “B”. Though he was occasionally turnover-prone, his ability to quickly step in to fill a need for the Kings while occasionally playing on his off-side in an unfamiliar conference was praiseworthy, and he always appeared to have a good attitude about his role and his contributions.
Going forward: Ellerby did not receive a qualifying offer from the Kings on Tuesday and became an unrestricted free agent. He shouldn’t have any trouble signing with an NHL team as a depth defenseman.

2013 Player Evaluations
Jonathan Bernier
Dustin Brown
Jeff Carter
Kyle Clifford
Drew Doughty

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.