Defenseman Keaton Ellerby grew up in Western Canada and had played his entire NHL career in the Eastern Conference with the Florida Panthers.
Needless to say, an adjustment period will be required for the newest King. Ellerby was traded Friday and made his Kings debut on Sunday afternoon in a 3-2 loss at Detroit.
The Western Conference and the Eastern Conference is just completely different, he said. Its two different leagues, almost. Its part of the game so youve got to get used to it and figure it out as soon as possible.
Against Detroit, Ellerby was paired with Drew Doughty, who is struggling with a league-worst minus 10. Ellerbys ice time was 16-plus minutes and, more importantly, he didnt over-reach.
I was just trying to play a simple game, he said. New systems. New partner. New everything. Tried to play a simple game, physical. I think overall it was all right and still have to get used to some small details.
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