(Sports Network) - This is the time of year when clubs out of playoff contention start addressing their roster for next season. Often, this comes in the form of young players being given extended playing time in an attempt to make an impression for next year.
It is a practice that Los Angeles Kings center Patrick O'Sullivan must truly appreciate. O'Sullivan is being given a chance to play, with the Kings having been long out of the playoff picture, and is seizing the moment.
The North Carolina native appeared in 12 games at the start of the season for Los Angeles, but managed just two points. The first came in the form of an assist against St. Louis on October 7, good for his career NHL point, and O'Sullivan posted his first career goal 11 days later against Minnesota.
The goal against the Wild was memorable in more ways than one, as it was Minnesota that drafted O'Sullivan in the second round -- 56th overall -- of the 2003 draft. The Wild traded the now 22-year-old to Los Angeles in June of 2006, along with a first-round pick, for Pavol Demitra.
However, two points in a 12-game span wasn't enough to impress the Kings then, and the club assigned O'Sullivan to Manchester of the American Hockey League on November 2.