The Kings have had some nice goaltending down through the years, trading for Kelly Hrudey and drafting Billy Smith before giving him up in the 1972 expansion draft.
The Kings current group of goaltenders are not of that quality, but this LaBarbara fellow (I always think of Hanna-Barbara) is having a pretty nice season all things considered.
His SP currently sits at .910, which is clear of JS Aubin (.886), Dan Cloutier (.894), Jonathan Bernier (.864) and Jonathan Quick (.855) on the Kings this season.
Tyler Dellow was the first I saw to suggest that this guy might be a player and it looks like he’s spot on.
The first time was in regard to Ty Conklin. Tyler suggested he was a player before he got the love from the Oilers and took a pretty savage beating in some quarters when Conklin’s career took a downturn.
I keep reading those sites that ripped Tyler, assuming (turnabout being fair play) we could expect some kind of acknowledgement of Conklin’s impressive surge and Dellow’s being correct. Since it appears not to be forthcoming on those sites, allow me to congratulate Tyler Dellow on the most difficult of all things: predicting future success for goaltending prospects.
That’s a tough one, folks. Right up there with “identify a good closer late in a roto auction when you have $5 left” and “what do women want?”
Perhaps Dellow can get started on either this morning.