Originally a St. Louis Blues‘ 3rd round pick in the 2008 draft (#70 overall), 3rd year right wing James Livingston(26) signed a 3-year entry level deal by San Jose Sharks and played with their minor league affiliate Worcester Sharks for the past 2 and a half years.
He was recently picked up by Los Angeles Kings‘ organization at the trade deadline for a future draft pick, giving him a new start.
In his first outing he got into a scrap late in the first period. In his second skate (on his birthday) he posted the game-winning goal and an insurance marker raising his yearly totals closer to modest career highs, which he should surpass.
At his current pace, it seems like a good prospect for the restricted free agent to get a qualifying offer to stay where he is for a complete season look.
The 24-year old has yet to appear in an NHL game but with some more hard work could be a great fourth line grinder to start.
Original story: 3/12-14
For the final year of his initial contract, he ended the season posting career high totals: 8 goals and 15 assists in 67 games but it wasn’t enough to gain interest from another club.
He should be able to increase his point totals overseas and may find renewed energy in his game.