Kempe was issued a qualifying offer from the Kings on Sunday, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Kempe had a decent season for the Kings in 2018-19, scoring 12 goals and 28 points in 81 games. He's seen an uptick in ice time in each of his first three seasons in the league, and the team could work on securing a longer-term deal for the center. The team will have the right to match any offer sheet submitted to Kempe, and his base salary will be $832,500 should he accept.
Kempe had an assist, three hits and two PIM in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Coyotes.
The Swedish center is up to 28 points in 79 games this season. It's down from the 37 points he registered in his first full year in 2017-18, but it's still enough to make him worth a look in deeper formats next season.
Kempe potted a goal on four shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Canucks.
Kempe has accumulated 12 goals and 27 points in 76 games this season, his scoring rate suppressed by the Kings' anemic offense of 2.39 goals per game. The first-round pick from 2014 had 37 points last year. He likely garners a little interest in deeper formats, but has room to grow still at 22 years old.
Kempe picked up an assist and two hits in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Sharks.
He had the secondary helper on Dustin Brown's opening goal in the first period. Kempe has 26 points (11 goals, 15 apples) in 72 games this season, with 107 shots and a minus-10 rating. He's not likely to match the 37 points he posted in last year's breakout effort, but much of that can be attributed to the Kings' 30th-ranked offense (2.36 goals per game).
Kempe picked up a nice assist on rookie Carl Grundstrom's goal against the Ducks on Sunday night, Curtis Zupke of The Los Angeles Times reports.
Coach Willie Desjardins has paired up Kempe with Grundstrom in the rookie's first two games since getting called up, and the two players have clicked so far. Kempe hasn't yet built on last season's 37-point breakout, with only 25 points so far, but perhaps this new pairing will spark an extended run of production.
Kempe scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blackhawks.
The 22-year-old hadn't lit the lamp since Feb. 7 and had just one assist in his prior eight games, so this performance was a welcome sight for Kempe. He now has 10 goals and 23 points through 64 games, putting him behind the scoring pace he produced in his first full NHL campaign.
Kempe recorded an even-strength assist in Monday's 6-4 loss to Washington.
The assist was the 22-year-old's fifth straight game recording a point and has seven points in that span. With Jeff Carter sidelined with a lower body injury the past three games, Kempe has been an outstanding value play, especially in daily formats. Carter's absence is expected to extend into next week, so fantasy owners shouldn't be afraid to role with Kempe.
Kempe scored in his third straight game, helping his team earn a 3-2 shootout victory over Philadelphia on Thursday.
Here's a weird statistic for a player on a Western Conference team: Kempe's past five goals, dating back to Dec. 11, have all come in the Mid-Atlantic states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for the Kings and Kempe's owners, they're out of teams to play in those states this season. For now, he's worth a gamble in daily leagues as a value play, but barring a lot more consistency (or, apparently, a trade into the Metropolitan Division) moving forward, there are better options out there in most other formats.
Kempe scored two goals and added an assist in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers.
He opened the scoring for the Kings late in the first period, potted the tying goal with a minute left in regulation to send the game to OT, then set up Tyler Toffoli for the winner just 25 seconds into the extra frame. Kempe had been mired in a slump, picking up only one assist in his prior 14 games, so while the 22-year-old's night was impressive, most fantasy GMs will want to see more consistency before scooping him off the waiver wire.
Kempe has five goals and eight helpers working against a minus-10 rating through 49 games this season.
This is a strong scoring rate for a bottom-six contributor, and Kempe's plus-minus value is merely a byproduct of being on a team with the league's worst goal differential at minus-36. Remember, the Swede was scooped up by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) of the 2014 draft, and there's probably no better time than the present to pick him up in some of the deeper dynasty leagues.
Kempe scored early in the second period of a 6-3 loss to New Jersey on Thursday.
Kempe has now scored in two of his past three games, which could be a sign that he's starting to find his way forward. The problem is that he's skating for the offensively-challenged Kings, which could hinder his potential this season. Be careful with him unless you're in a dynasty league, as he looks to be setting himself up nicely for down the road, even if he struggles to reach his potential this year.
Kempe (upper body) will rejoin the lineup Tuesday against the Coyotes, Dan Greenspan of NHL.com reports.
Kempe was aiming to return Tuesday from the upper-body injury that prevented him from dressing for Sunday's game against the Hurricanes and he will indeed be available to do so. The 22-year-old winger has hit a bit of a groove recently by his standards, notching four points in the last eight games, and he will attempt to add to that total Tuesday against a Coyotes team allowing just 2.64 goals per game this season.
Kempe (upper body) hopes he will be able to play Tuesday against the Coyotes, but it depends on how he feels Monday/Tuesday morning, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Kempe didn't play Sunday after, according to him, he fell into the board that morning. It seems likely he will be able to play Tuesday, however. The 22-year-old has three goals and four assists through 26 games.
Kempe will not play Sunday against Carolina and is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Kempe's upper-body injury is not thought to be serious. Hopefully, he doesn't miss too much time and can return to the lineup soon. The 22-year-old has struggled in 2018-19, posting just three goals and seven points in 26 games. Meanwhile, the Kings' next game comes Tuesday against the Coyotes and Kempe could very well be in their lineup for that contest.
Kempe (lower body) will return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Canucks, NHL.com's Dan Greenspan reports.
Kempe left Wednesday's 7-3 loss to Colorado with a lower-body issue, but it clearly wasn't overly serious. The Kings will be happy to have him in the lineup against Vancouver, as he's played pretty well recently, notching one goal and three points in his last five appearances.
Kings coach Willie Desjardins is hoping to have Kempe (lower body) in the lineup Saturday against the Canucks, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
There is no real update on Kempe other than the fact that he's day-to-day with his lower-body injury. The third-year center has two goals and five assists over 21 games for the royal club this season.
Kempe suffered a lower-body injury against the Avalanche on Wednesday and is not expected to return, Jon Rosen of FOX Sports West reports.
Like every team, the Kings have Thanksgiving off, but they also don't play on the NHL's busy Friday slate. That gives Kempe until Saturday's home game against the Canucks to get over this injury. For the moment, he's day-to-day.
Kempe recorded an assist Sunday in a 4-3 win over the Rangers.
Kempe now has two points in 11 games, and the 22-year-old Swede ended a six-game scoreless drought with his Sunday helper.
Kempe has yet to record a point this season.
Kempe has yet to contribute anything in terms of fantasy results this year, but the Kings have given him consistent ice time, as he's skated 21, 19 and 19 shifts and hasn't gone below 13 minutes in any of their three games. His points will come if he keeps getting opportunities, so if he's on your roster, be patient as long as head coach John Stevens keeps sending him out there.
Kempe had a rock-solid rookie season in 2017-18, totaling 16 goals and 37 points while firing 119 shots on net in 81 contests.
Kempe showed a ton of promise as a rookie and figures to be a key contributor down the road, but it may take another season or two before he'll establish himself as a legitimate starter in most season-long fantasy formats. However, the 2014 first-round pick remains a valuable asset in dynasty leagues, and should be treated as a potential value pick in the later rounds of redraft formats next campaign.
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