While he did play a role in his team’s championship run in 2012, Jordan Nolan lost a bit of a step last season as he scored just two goals while adding four assists. While that was better than his 2011-12 total of two goals and two assists, it is only fair to point out that in Nolan played in just 26 games for the Kings that season. Last year, he took part in 44. Of course, for a player who averaged only 8:28 of ice time, it would be difficult to deliver consistent offense in all fairness to the former Windsor Spitfires centerman.
What Nolan lacked in offense though, he made up for in toughness. Last season, the 24-year-old strengthened his case as his team’s unofficial scrapper as he was always ready to drop the gloves when he needed to as his 46 penalty minutes last season indicate that.
With the Kings notorious for their size up front, Jordan Nolan is no exception. At 6’3, 227 pounds, the native of St. Catharine’s, Ontario certainly does an admirable job forcing opponents to think twice about getting physical as in 2013, Nolan recorded 72 hits – most of which leaving his victims feeling like they were in different time zones.
Defensively, Jordan Nolan could be a bit better. In the faceoff circle, he could be a lot better as he took draws eight times failing to win a single battle. Of course, it is important to remember that Nolan just turned 24 in June so there is still plenty of time for him to grow as a player.
This past July, Jordan Nolan avoided arbitration with the Kings by signing a new two-year contract. While some fans would rather see someone else in Nolan’s place, it’s only fair to give the big forward a chance.
If a lockout-shortened season doesn’t classify as a full campaign, 2013-14 will be Jordan Nolan’s first full season in the NHL – and he hopes to make more of a contribution in Los Angeles akin to what he did late in 2011-12 and in the playoffs.
Only time will tell to see how Jordan Nolan will do this coming season but as long as he can fight his way through certain situations and use his size to his full advantage, he should be okay – even if he’s only able to produce a small handful of tallies.