Paul LaDue

by Philip on October 12, 2016

Paul LaDue - photo courtesy: www.kings.nhl.com

Paul LaDue, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 197

Born: 1992-09-06

Hometown: Grand Forks, ND

Drafted:  2012 by the Los Angeles Kings, 181st overall


 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

October 2016 - LaDue had a very strong training camp and preseason for the Kings, leading to a last-minute cut sending him to Ontario. LaDue played in five Kings preseason games and scored one goal and two assists. He played big minutes for the Kings in these games, as they really put him to the test. He did not disappoint at all in his audition, and he probably has jumped over some of the Kings defensive prospects. LaDue is one of the best defensive prospects that the Kings own, and this offseason he showed that he is not far from being ready. Although the Kings already have a lot of competition for a defensive spot (they might even carry eight defensemen), LaDue should be in the NHL in the near future. Philip Kamhi

 

June 2016 – Paul Ladue spent his last three seasons at University of North Dakota, which concluded as one would hope, with a NCAA Championship title. LaDue continued to produce at a similar rate to his prior two years with 19 points in 41 games, yet he increased his responsibility and became an Assistant Captain. LaDue was tied for the NCAA lead for defensemen in plus-minus with a plus-31. In late April he signed his first pro contract with the Kings, and he got into three playoff games with the Reign in their Western Conference finals loss to Lake Erie. The King's have been looking for a puck moving right-shot defenseman to replace Slava Voynov, and LaDue could end up being just that. Philip Kamhi 

 

December 2015 – This past summer the Los Angeles Kings sent Rob Blake to visit with Paul LaDue with the hopes of having him sign an NHL deal. Although he declined and has continued with his senior season at the University of North Dakota (UND), the Kings offer shows that they believe that he is ready for pro hockey. LaDue could be considered one of the best two-way defensemen playing in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), and he is the UND Assistant Captain. Last season he finished sixth in NCHC defensemen scoring with 22 points in 41 games played. Early this season his scoring has been lower (seven points in 19 games) but his plus-minus has improved, as UND has taken first place and have become a more defensive team.  Philip Kamhi

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C-

LaDue has the potential to be a solid second pairing defenseman. He has some upside in that he has the skill to be a quarterback on the power play; smooth skating, a good shot, and he moves the puck around well.

 

 

Footage:

Paul LaDue was the 2012-13 USHL Defenseman of the Year:


 

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