2009-10, Michal Handzus just shows how effective he is when the game is on the line. At 12.8 shots per game, Handzus also demonstrated just how threatening he is on the offense. Again, he won’t score every time but his ability to consistently fire the puck on net gives his teammates ample opportunity to step up and capitalize on a juicy rebound.
Handzus’ work in the faceoff circle has been an advantage for the Kings since his arrival. This past season, his percentage in the faceoff dot was 51.7%, which is slightly better than the 50.9% he earned the previous season.
Although his 86 hits in 2010-11 don’t compare to the totals of, say, Dustin Brown or Matt Greene, Michal Handzus has steadily improved in that department since coming to Los Angeles. In his first season of 2007-08, the center recorded 69 hits, followed by 75, 76 and then doing ten better this season.
While with the Kings, there have been so many facets to Michal Handzus’ game that have improved beyond words. Of course, there have been other facets where he was already a force in like his ability to crash the net and strength in the faceoff circle. Whatever happens with Handzus’ future in Los Angeles is still up on the air and we won’t likely get a clear idea anytime soon.
What I do know is that Michal Handzus served in the Los Angeles Kings uniform admirably and although I’d wish him the best of luck should he and the Kings part ways, I will be extremely happy to see him back in the City of Angels for a fifth season.