When he was acquired from Toronto with Ben Scrivens last summer, I was excited. While I was disappointed to see netminder Jonathan Bernier leave town, I knew the silver-and-black received some great compensation. More on Scrivens later but Matt Frattin was coming off a seven goal, six assist performance in 25 games for the Leafs during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign. While numbers like that don't jump off the page, Frattin nevertheless looked to be on his way to achieving great success in Toronto. So, when the Kings acquired him, I figured that if the 25-year-old can play well in the unforgiving hocky media circus that is Toronto, he could only be that much better in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, my theory wasn't as accurate as I hoped.
In total, Matt Frattin's tenure with the Kings lasted just 40 games where he scored two goals (one of them on the power play) and added four assists while registering a subpar -6 rating. His 60 shots (1.5 per game) were decent but Frattin's average ice time of 11:58 made many wonder whether the Los Angeles coaching staff had any faith in a guy who seemed out of his element with his new team instead of just not being a good-enough player.
A native of Edmonton, Matt Frattin was able to get physical. The 6-foot, 205-pounder dished out 78 hits with the Kings, averaging 1.95 per outing. With that, Frattin, now 26, did leave his mark with the Kings, albeit a minor one at best.
Fortunately for the Kings, however - and possibly unfortunately for Frattin personally - the bright spot of the University of North Dakota alum's time in Los Angeles came when it officially ended. At the March 5 trade deadline, Frattin and two conditional draft picks were sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Marian Gaborik - and we all know what he has provided for the Kings since then.
When he was dealt to Columbus, I wished Matt Frattin nothing but the best. I was disappointed not to see his brief career with the Kings pan out but things do happen for a reason and, as I already mentioned, the Kings did eventually get Marian Gaborik thanks to Frattin.
Earlier this summer, Matt Frattin returned to the team that drafted him, the Toronto Maple Leafs. So, hopefully for him, his second tenure with the blue-and-white will translate into vast success. As for the Kings and their fans, I'm sure they're very happy with the way things have turned out - even if part of it was at Frattin's expense.
Overall grade for Matt Frattin: D