By The Bakersfield Californian
When Condors coach Matt O'Dette was looking for cornerstones in the building block of this season's team, forward Robby Dee was one of them.
On Monday, while on the road in Las Vegas, O'Dette dealt the struggling Dee to South Carolina for third-year pro Daniel Koger.
Dee, a second year pro, was instrumental in turning the Condors into a strong team at the end of last season as he put up 40 points (19 goals and 21 assists) in 51 games after being acquired in a trade last Dec. 1.
This season he missed several games early on due to an injury but has just one goal and one assist in his last 13 games. He has six points (three goals, three assists) in 19 games this season and did not play in Bakersfield's 5-1 to Las Vegas in Monday's Midnight Game (which ended about 2:45 a.m.)
“It's all about new faces and he certainly hasn't been helping us,” O'Dette said of Dee. “You bring a new face in, they want to do well, they want to impress. And when the guys see a new face they respond and want to play better. It's a step. One step.”
Koger, 23, like Dee, hasn't put up the numbers expected.
The native of Hungary has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 21 games. Last season he had 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 13 games with South Carolina and played 17 combined games for four different American Hockey League teams.
Koger (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) was due to fly into Las Vegas later Monday and fly with the team to Colorado on Tuesday where they have games against the Eagles on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.