Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2010-11 Season Review: Peter Harrold

Peter Harrold
Peter Harrold
2010-11 Stats: 19 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 PTS, +3, 0 PPP, 4 PIM
Unrestricted Free Agent

There were only a few guarantees from the Kings in the new calendar year: If the Kings went to a shootout; they were going to win.  If the Kings scored first; they'd give up a goal within the next three minutes.  And Peter Harrold was probably going to be a healthy scratch.  By no fault of his own; Harrold just couldn't crack TM's lineup whether it be as 6th defenseman or the 4th line right-wing.  He ended up being the Kings utility player all season long.

Stats obviously don't tell the whole story but if you're a stat geek and know what CORSI isPeter Harrold led all Kings defenseman with a Relative CORSI number of 14.2.  Now obviously, Harrold's sample size is smaller than any other Kings blueliner this season and his numbers could be skewed a bit by his time as a Kings 4th line winger but he did still appear in 19 games.  Much like Drewiske, Harrold's role on the team was effected by the emergence of Alec Martinez and the current makeup of the blueline.

Listed at 6'0, he looks smaller on the ice and lacks the strength to win battles against most NHL forwards.  At 27, he still has a chance to develop that part of his game much in the same way Mike Weaver has since leaving the Kings but I keep thinking an undersized d-man with offensive upside...he may be the next Kevin Dallman.

FINAL GRADE: B-; I really should have grouped Harrold and Drewiske together but I give a slight nod to Harrold because he showed more versatility as a forward than DD did.  Harrold made his season debut on October 21st vs. Phoenix playing over 20 minutes in all situations while filling in for Doughty.  His season went down hill from there; only appearing in 18 games after that.  Harry will be a UFA in the summer and won't be back.

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