Setoguchi has cleared waivers and was sent to AHL Ontario on Monday, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports. Setoguchi hasn't displayed much promise over 45 games with the Kings this season, serving as a healthy scratch in the two games prior to his placement on waivers. He will now head to the team's AHL affiliate in an attempt to get things back on track. The veteran winger could rejoin the Kings later in the season if he can prove capable with Ontario, but seems unlikely to make much of an impact on the fantasy front even if he makes his way back.
Setoguchi was placed on waivers on Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. The forward was a healthy scratch in his last two games, so he was starting to be phased out before being waived. If he clears waivers, he'll head to AHL Manchester.
Setoguchi was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Thursday. With the Kings getting healthier, and Setoguchi registering just three assists and 21 shots through his previous 17 games, the writing was on the wall. The veteran winger hasn't moved the fantasy needle since he scored 13 goals and posted 27 points through 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Setoguchi's point drought extended to a season-high ten games after being held off the score sheet Monday. The veteran winger has had a hard time carving out a meaningful role for the Kings this season and he doesn't get enough time on the power play to warrant much attention in most fantasy formats.
Setoguchi scored a pair goals in Saturday's 5-0 rout of the Flames. It was the first two goals of the year for the veteran, who took nearly 12 games to finally fine twine. Setoguchi has averaged 12:52 of ice time thus far in a depth role for the Kings and doesn't figure to play much of a fantasy factor unless he somehow turns back the clock to his 31-goal, 65-point season back in 2008-09 with the Sharks. Seeing as though he didn't set foot on NHL ice last year and was held scoreless in 12 contests the year before that in Calgary, we wouldn't be too optimistic at this point.
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