Jamie McBain Thriving in New Role with Los Angeles Kings

January 8th, 2015 by Vinh Cao Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Kings were hoping a former Buffalo Sabres blueliner would help round out the back end in 2014-15.

However, they probably weren’t expecting it to be Jamie McBain.

Brayden McNabb was brought over last season in a trade that sent prospects Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers to Buffalo. John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor reported in July that L.A. would grant the 23-year-old a fair crack at a second-pairing spot.

Meanwhile, McBain joined the club on November 11 after a five-game midseason stint with the Kings’ AHL affiliate (Manchester Monarchs).

For all the noise McNabb generates with his crunching hits, though, it’s McBain who has quietly delivered the superior play, bolstering a third unit that was weakened when Alec Martinez climbed higher in the lineup.

With Robyn Regehr on the shelf and Slava Voynov still suspended, McBain’s performances have somewhat mitigated the blue line’s depletion.


Even Strength

In 2013-14, McBain logged 16 minutes and 26 seconds of even-strength ice time per game to ran ...

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