Darryl Sutter offered a harsh indictment of Jake Muzzin’s play to start the season following the team’s practice on Tuesday.
“He’s struggling a lot” Sutter said. Though Muzzin scored the Kings lone goal as part of his 17:12 of ice time during the team’s 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday he was also found to be at fault for the second period takeaway by Rick Nash that led to New York’s second goal. Through three games this season the defenseman has one goal one assist and has compiled a team-worst minus-five rating.
“Muzzin [is] going to have to learn not to turn the puck over if he wants to play period” Sutter said after Monday’s game.
He expanded on his position on Tuesday.
“We went through it last year. He’s a young defenseman” Sutter said. “There’s a lot of pressure on him and he’s not quite prepared for those situations yet. You [saw] it in the playoffs last year where he was a healthy scratch. So we’re going through that same thing again. Heck you’re not g