He has seem to lost some of his appeal with the Kings but Jordan Nolan is still popular in Los Angeles. Having just wrapped up his second full season (and third overall) with the Kings, Nolan is still his team's unofficial enforcer. However, after 64 games during the regular season, the 25-year-old played in just three playoff games this spring and, entering the final year of contract, it is admittedly hard to imagine Jordan Nolan in a Los Angeles uniform beyond the 2014-15 campaign.
But for now, let's look at what Jordan Nolan has done for the Los Angeles Kings in 2013-14.
In 64 games this past regular season, Nolan scored six goals and added four assists while finishing with a -1 rating. He did dish out 100 hits but having averaged just nine minutes of ice time per game, there wasn't as much as use for the native of St. Catharines, Ontario, than there used to be - even as a fighter, although Nolan's tendency to drop the gloves has diminished in recent years. During the regular season, Nolan amassed 54 penalty minutes.
As previously mentioned, Jordan Nolan played in just three games this past postseason. He registered eight hits but averaged 8:09 of ice time and amassed a less-than-spectacular rating of -3.
At 6' 3, 227 pounds, Jordan Nolan certainly is capable of scrapping with opposing players as well as dishing out the punishment with a series of heavy hits. Unfortunately, we haven't seen much of that in recent memory. Nolan may not have been as physical as he can be but in all fairness, his role - in addition to his playing time - have been diminished to a large degree in Los Angeles.
He will be back with the Kings next season but expect No. 71 to spend a fair bit of time in the press box as a healthy scratch. Of course, stranger things have happened. Nevertheless, it was a decent season at best for Jordan Nolan and, at this point, I can only hope he has better success next season.
Overall grade for Jordan Nolan: D