Can D.J. King Become More Than a Fighter?

Sam SnyderCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2010

TORONTO - JANUARY 29: D.J. King #19 of the St.Louis Blues skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during their NHL game at the Air Canada Centre January 29, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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The Capitals have recently traded for St. Louis tough guy D.J. King, adding some more muscle to the team.

And when I say muscle, I mean serious muscle.

King is not one to be messed with.

But as fewer and fewer teams employ players such as King, will he adapt to the changing league? It's obvious he will play against teams that sport tough guys, like the Flyers, Rangers, and Maple Leafs, but will he see the ice against other teams?

In an interview with Mike Vogel from Caps365, King stated:

"Yeah for sure, that's one aspect I've tried to gain in my play every year is to be a more complete player." King said.

It's not whether or not he wants to, it's if he can.

King is big, 6'3" and 230 lbs, which can be a blessing or a curse. He could flop out as an offensive player or defensive forward, or he could become the best power forward the Caps have had in recent memory.

King's impact, however, might not be on the stat sheet. His size could be a blessing.

During the regular season, the Caps had no trouble scoring from anywhere on the ice. That wasn't the case in the playoffs.

Jaroslav Halak stoned the Capitals from every angle and distance. So what do you do when you can get past a goalie that can stop everything he sees? Stop him from seeing.

Look at Dustin Byflugien last year. The Hawks paraded by teams because Byflugien was in the front to screen the goalie, be more physical than the opponents, and pick up the ugly goals.

It wasn't until the Finals that someone figured out how to stop him, and it took one of the best defensemen in the league to put him in check.

Today's league requires that a team has a tough guy up in front of the goal, not a tough guy to beat up other players. D.J. King can fill that void that was exposed in the playoffs.

He has the muscle and the will to.