March 29, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) skates with the puck as New Jersey Devils defenseman Peter Harrold (10) defends during the second period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Peter Harrold 2013-14 Preview

His Past

Coming out of Boston College University, Peter Harrold started his professional career on the Los Angeles Kings in 2006-07. He played 12 games that season with the Kings (2 assists) and would spend the rest of his season with their AHL team, the Manchester Monarchs. He played 62 games and had a whopping 34 points (7 goals, 27 assists) and a +16 plus/minus rating.

The next season he played 25 games with Los Angeles (2 goals, 3 assists) and played 49 with the Monarchs (7 goals, 36 assists). Despite having 43 points in 49 games, Harrold would have a -13 rating for his AHL season.

Apr 23, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) makes a glove save in front of Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) and Devils defenseman Peter Harrold (10) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Canadiens 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The next 3 seasons he would play 127 games with the Kings. He had 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) and a collective -12 rating.

Harrold played in 17 games during the Devils’ Stanley Cup Finals run and had 4 assists.

Last season he played in 23 games and had 2 goals, 3 assists, with a -8 rating.

What to Expect

Peter Harrold might find himself in a dogfight for the last defensive spot. I feel like him and Mark Fayne are on almost equal ground right now and one of them needs to prove that they deserve that spot.

In my opinion, I think Mark Fayne will beat out Harrold for the job but Harrold will definitely stay as an healthy scratch for sure. Harrold just turned 30 last June so time may be running out on him. His contract expires at the end of the 2014-15 season so he has a couple more chances to prove himself before he hits free agency.

All that you can expect, specifically, is a nice competition between Harrold and Fayne for the last defensive spot. If Harrold earns it, he likely won’t dazzle at defensemen but hopefully he can bring up his +/- rating a little bit.


And then there were 0. The individual player previews are now officially over. The next (and likely last) season preview will be my own personal New Jersey Devils 2013-14 Preview and Predictions.


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