King had five hits over 10:37 of ice time in Thursday's 2-1 win over Nashville. King, who was making his debut for the Canadiens after being acquired at the trade deadline, skated on the fourth line and played on the penalty-kill unit. Montreal is under no delusion that King's the answer to its goal-scoring problem, but his physical nature should deliver hits and make Montreal a tougher team.
King was traded from Los Angeles to Montreal for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2018. Evidently, the Habs are serious about stuffing their forward lines with gritty and sizable players. They brokered a deal with Detroit for agitator Steve Ott on Tuesday night and now acquire King, who stands at 6-foot-4 and 232 pounds and is a tough one to knock off the puck. His marginal fantasy utility comes in the form of hits, as he's laid into opponents 509 times since entering the league in 2010-11.
King scored his eighth goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Panthers. After a long stretch with no production, King has struck for three goals in his last seven games. The 27-year-old isn't a great fantasy option due to his 14 points and lack of power-play time, but his ability to find twine on occasion makes him valuable in some deeper leagues.
King hasn't registered a point in 15 games and has just one goal since the start of December. King's a regular presence in LA's lineup and averages over 15 minutes of ice time but doesn't see any power play time to be of any use unless your format rewards him for his 64 hits.
King scored two goals in a 4-2 win over the Islanders on Wednesday. King's third and fourth snipes of the season came within 25 seconds of each other with less than three minutes left in regulation, handing Los Angeles the win. He doesn't produce a ton offensively with just eight points in 21 games, but the 27-year-old has a solid plus-7 rating, averages over 15 minutes of ice time per game and has dished out 32 hits this season, making him potentially valuable in deeper leagues given his cross-category coverage.
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