Before you click on the link, know that the article is not in English so use your friend, Google Translate. If you can’t figure out what language it is, then hang your head in shame…
Here is the link that suggests Oscar Moller may be or is seriously considering playing for Elitserien in the Elite League…or Fjardstad, though for our purposes, the team over there is irrelevant.
My first instinctive response? This sucks.
Moller is the train that could. If I hear one more fan or read one more article calling him too small to play in the NHL, I will flip out…and possibly become violent. Like Matt Moulson and Teddy Purcell before him, Oscar has never been given a fair shake with the LA Kings. Rather, the absurd moniker of “soft” has been attached to his game and/or it’s been advocated he is not big enough to compete. As if speed, skill and a fearless game are somehow overshadowed by his inability to barrel over opposing forwards and defensemen along the boards. Moller has every tool in his tool chest to succeed in the new NHL (which isn’t all that new anymore) that emphasizes his style of game. Coincidentally, we saw a nice preview of this in game two against the San Jose Sharks when he was placed in his natural position, center, and thrived. Of course, the following game when Jarret Stoll returned, Oscar was placed back on wing. Remind anyone of Teddy Purcell being played on left wing when his natural position was right? What is it with Terry Murray and trying to shove every round peg that doesn’t bring size and grit into an obtuse square hole?
As a side note, if he went to Europe, the Kings would retain his rights so there is at least that.
This is a head shaking development, if true but for what it’s worth, I don’t buy it. I think another team snatches him up if the LA Kings for some reason don’t retain his rights and don’t be shocked if it is the Anaheim Ducks. From the horse’s mouth, I can tell you that Randy Carlyle is a big fan of Oscar Moller. If he becomes a Duck, I may just lose it…
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