At the 2008 draft, the Los Angeles Kings traded Mike Cammalleri and a draft pick to the Calgary Flames for a first-round draft pick. With that pick (13th overall), the Los Angeles Kings selected defenseman Colten Teubert from the WHL's Regina Pats further bolstering their farm system at the defensive position.
A couple of months earlier, the Kings had received a firrst-round draft pick from the Dallas Stars in exchange for longtime defenseman Mattias Norstrom. How high said draft pick was all depended on Dallas' performance in the playoffs. The further the Stars advanced, the lower the pick would be. Since Dallas made it to the conference final, the Kings weren't too happy having to wait until very late in that first-round to pick. Sure, they already had the #2 pick (which they used to draft Drew Doughty) but in a rebuilding process, a team wanted as many high picks as they could possibly garner - and the Los Angeles Kings were certainly no exception.
So, with that, the Kings traded up and, like I already mentioned, acquired the 13th-overall pick from Calgary, with which they selected Colten Teubert.
The Los Angeles Kings had high hopes for Teubert and, like all of their prospects, were patient with the native of White Rock, BC. After spending 18 games with the ECHL's Ontario Reign, Teubert moved up to Manchester for the 2010-11 season where, in 39 games with the Monarchs, he scored two goals and eight assists.
However, nearing the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Kings were in the market for a top-six forward to help them not only get into the playoffs but win a round or two, at least. So, on February 28 of this year, the Kings made Teubert expendable and traded him along with a couple of draft picks to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Dustin Penner.
We all know how Penner has fared thus far in Los Angeles and should Colten Teubert, who has spent his entire Oilers' tour of duty with the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons, make his debut tomorrow night, the timing will be interesting, to say the least.
Being drafted by Los Angeles, most expected Teubert would make his NHL debut at the Staples Center and, if all goes as planned, he will. The only difference is that he won't be making said debut for the home team as many would have thought. Instead, it will be for the Edmonton Oilers as he was just called up from the AHL yesterday. So, although it hasn't been made official if Teubert will play tomorrow night, most suggest that he will be in Edmonton's lineup tomorrow night.
Another notch to the storyline includes just how said trade this past February has worked and which team is the so-called winner. We won't really know the answer to that from tomorrow night's result but when the trade was made, fans in Los Angeles were excited as Penner was quite possibly that missing link to further their team's playoff success. Wrong. Since arriving to Los Angeles, Penner has been a disappointment and has made Kings fans jaded whenever they would see #25 on the ice.
Tomorrow is a night to see how Teubert fares in his (potential) NHL debut and, furthermore, how the trade really worked out. Should Teubert play and have a productive night (especially if Edmonton wins), then that gives Kings fans a plethora of ammunition to use against Dustin Penner and why it was a mistake to trade for him in the first place. Then again, if that is the case, fans may be jumping to conclusions a little too early.
Nonetheless, the stage will be set for not only a great game but a great story to go along with it. Will Colten Teubert have a successful NHL debut? Will Kings fans further resent Dustin Penner or, for that matter, Kings management for trading the aforementioned Teubert? Find out tomorrow night!
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