Jordan King is shown here as a member of the Halifax Mooseheads during the 2014-15 QMJHL campaign.
It’s all about making the best of a situation.
Jordan King would rather be playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league with the Saint John Sea Dogs this year. That much is obvious.
“But it just wasn’t meant to be,” said the 18-year-old Corner Brook native.
Originally drafted into the Q by the Halifax Mooseheads, a team he suited up with for 51 games (2G-4A) last season, he was then shipped to the Sea Dogs at the beginning of this campaign for a seventh-round pick.
At the time, the Sea Dogs had a number of players still at National Hockey League training camps and needed to fill a few holes in the lineup, so King fit the bill.
He played the first four games of the season, but once those players returned, King was sent to the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MHL) to toil with the Amherst Ramblers. It was understood he’d be one of the first players called up whenever such a transaction was required and, in fact, he was for one contest, a 3-1 win over the Charlottetown Islanders on Oct. 9.
But he was shipped back down to Amherst again immediately.
The former Western Kings standout admits it took him a few games with the Ramblers to really wrap his head around it all and battle through the disappointment.
“Now I’ve got my feet wet and it’s starting to come along,” he said, noting it took some time to adjust to new linemates and systems as well.
Through nine games, he has six points (3G-3A). Two of those goals came in the team’s last game, a 6-3 loss to the Dieppe Commandos on Oct. 24.
“It was good to get the monkey off my back,” said King, who conceded he lost confidence in his scoring touch during his stint in the Q last year.
In that regard, the MHL assignment is just what the doctor ordered. He said he’s regaining that swagger with each game and is finally feeling good about his offensive abilities again.
“They’re putting me in key situations,” he said of the Ramblers. “That’s what I like doing.”
The team is struggling out of the gate, winning just three of their first 13 games. King said many of the players are new to each other and are only now beginning to gel.
Though, if he had his way, he’d rather be back with the Sea Dogs before the end of the season, he also understands the best thing he can do for himself now is to focus his energy on helping the Ramblers turn things around.
Everything else will unfold as it should.
“I’m having a good time here so far and making the most of it,” he said.
King and the Ramblers are back on the ice tonight against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.