Quick on the heels of the Joslin signing comes the news that Vancouver has lifted Patrick Mullen from the Kings farm system. Mulltown (yup, I went there) hasn't played an NHL game yet, so where does Joe Mullen's kid fit into the big picture?
Once again let's kick it off with the scouting report:
ASSETS: Has good puck-moving skills, and also displays his father Joey's hockey sense. Is a decent point producer at lower levels.
FLAWS: Doesn't have ideal NHL size, doesn't play a physical game and isn't strong enough to handle big NHL power forwards.
CAREER POTENTIAL: Depth defenseman.
His career stats so far:
He's a right-handed shot, thus breaking with the standard of being welcomed as a blueliner into the organization.
Statistically Mullen is coming off his best season (by a country mile considering he barely punched out of the 20 pt limit in college) and was the fifth highest scorer on the Monarchs. He also went scored three points in four games in the playoffs so GMMG could be hoping this is a sign of things to come. The Kings are deep in defensive prospects and Mullen's lack of size and physical game likely pushed him to the back of that bread line.
Is he a NHL'er? No, but he's clearly a jack of all trades guy at the AHL level. Sifting through some reports on Kings blogs seem to suggest he'll never punch through to the NHL level. That said - barring a crazy camp standout of course - Mullen will start in Chicago where he will can help offset the loss of Baumgartner and the chance that Kevin Connauton makes the leap.
Depth. Another piece to the puzzle. The son of a Cup winner. Pick a narrative and smile that Gillis seems to be digging through the cupboards of other teams again while waiting for the Luongo shoe to drop.