Summer Assignment 2014: Bryan Bickell

By Keith Schultz

May 26, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) reacts after giving up a goal to Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) during the third period in game four of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Bryan Bickell Regular Season

Games: 59 Games

Goals: 11

Assists: 4

Points: 15

+/- -6

Hits: 105

Blocked Shots: 17

Bickell Post Season

Games: 19

Goals: 7

Assists: 3

Points: 10

+/- +1

Hits: 80

Blocked Shots:3

Contract Status– 3 Years remaining on 4 year deal with a cap hit of $4 million a season

2013 Over/Under Number– 19 Goals 22 assists

Season Review– Bickell was a tremendous disappointment in the regular season and didn’t come close to living up to the expectation set with his 4 million dollar contract after his incredible 2013 post season that led to a Stanley Cup.  Bickell never once talked about being healthy which looked to be something he wasn’t for much of the season still recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the 2013 Western Conference Finals. Bickell even had to endure “healthy scratches” during the regular season but he did show glimpses during the last stages when the line of Bickell Peter Regin and Jeremy Morin came to life.

The post season looked like the Bickell that had everyone excited going into the season with his game back on track with big hits and even big scores.  Bickell is a serious playoff gamer that loves the big stage but gets lost during the regular season shuffle. Bickell came alive during the St. Louis Blues series but went rather quiet during the Kings series and will be haunted for not shooting the puck on a 2 on 1 in Game #7.

Bickell will never be a regular season stat monster, but history has shown us he’s ready to play in the playoffs when the lights are the brightest.

Grade– D+

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