Lucic registered two assists during Friday's game against Calgary.
Despite Edmonton's seven goals in the season opener, Lucic failed to register a point, so his assists Friday were reassuring. He is skating with Connor McDavid in all situations, and Lucic could have his best offensive season since before the 2012-13 lockout. Add the uptick in scoring to his cross-category production, and Lucic is eyeing a bounce-back fantasy showing.
Lucic signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Oilers on Friday, the Edmonton Journal reports.
Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli was heavily criticized for his trade Wednesday that resulted in star winger Taylor Hall getting shipped to New Jersey in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson, but the addition of Lucic, one the most coveted free agents available on the open market, should be enough to quiet most detractors. After eight seasons in Boston, Lucic spent the 2015-16 campaign with the Kings and was his typical edgy and productive self, notching 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists) to complement 244 hits -- those numbers are fairly consistent with his career averages. Lucic hoisted Lord Stanley's chalice with the Bruins in 2011, so there's that, plus his willingness to hit anything that moves should open up more lanes for generational talent Connor McDavid -- that's a scary thought.
Lucic had a great first season with the
In late April, after the Kings were ousted by the Sharks in the conference quarterfinals, Lucic expressed his desire to renew with the Kings. Following eight seasons with the Bruins, the 28-year-old produced 55 points (20 goals, 35) assists in his first year donning silver and black -- that was only a tick below his career averages and Lucic still amassed 244 hits, good for 11th in the entire league.
Lucic scored 20 goals and added 35 assists in his first season in LA and would seem like a good bet to remain with the Kings.