He was one of the future stars of the Los Angeles Kings, but after playing in just 18 games for the team this past season, there was doubt as to whether Linden Vey would ever crack the big club's lineup and stay there. At June's draft, that doubt became well-founded when Vey was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for the team's 50th-overall selection. But before he left for VanCity, the 23-year-old had some success in Los Angeles.
Taken by the Kings 96th overall in 2009, Linden Vey showed many signs of promise. However, it would take Vey a while to make it to the big club. Before this season, the native of Wakaw, Saskatchewan, played for the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers before joining Los Angeles's AHL affiliate in Manchester. In his first two seasons there, Vey would play in 74 games in each campaign, going from 43 points in his first season to 67 in his second. But fans in Los Angeles finally had a chance to see what Vey could do with the big club.
In 18 games with the Kings this past season, Vey recorded five assists, took just eight total shots and averaged 12:08 of ice time per game. But the 6-foot, 189-pound right winger never suited up for any playoff games. So, that was it for Vey's tenure in Los Angeles, which is disappointing considering his potential.
For a few games at least, Vey showed a lot of promise as he was paired with, among others, Tyler Toffoli. But GM Dean Lombardi felt that the Kings could go forward without Linden Vey and while I wouldn't like to see anyone in Vancouver have success against the Kings, I do wish Linden Vey the very best with his new team.
Overall grade for Linden Vey: C