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Kings' Brayden Burke: Secures deal with LA
Burke signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Kings on Sunday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Burke spent the entirety of the 2020-21 season in the minors, picking up 14 points in 28 appearances with AHL Tucson. The 24-year-old forward will likely spend most, if not all of the upcoming campaign in the AHL.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Lias Andersson: Stays in LA on one-year deal
Andersson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Kings on Friday.
Los Angeles will keep Andersson in the organization after trading for him last offseason. The 22-year-old Swede had six points in 23 NHL games, as well as 17 points in 15 AHL contests, last season. Andersson will be in the mix for a bottom-six role with the Kings in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Andreas Athanasiou: Staying with Los Angeles
Athanasiou signed a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the Kings on Wednesday, per PuckPedia.
Athanasiou and the Kings had mutual interest in sticking together, and this deal makes it possible. The speedy forward had 23 points and 85 shots on goal through 47 contests last season, often playing in a middle-six role. The Kings could be a stronger overall team in 2021-22, which could lead to more offense for Athanasiou, who could interest fantasy managers in deeper formats.... See More ... See Less
Kings' T.J. Tynan: Inks deal with L.A.
Tynan signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Kings on Wednesday.
Tynan saw all of his playing time with AHL Colorado last year, posting eight goals and 27 assists in 27 contests. While he impressed in the minors, the 29-year-old has just one assist in 19 career NHL games. He'll likely serve as center depth in the organization, but he could be a long-shot to make the Kings' Opening Night roster.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Garret Sparks: Signs with L.A. on Wednesday
Sparks signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Kings on Wednesday.
Sparks posted a 5-10-0 record with a 2.69 GAA and a .913 save percentage with AHL Stockton last year, and he also saw time with ECHL Orlando. The 28-year-old isn't likely to unseat Cal Petersen or Jonathan Quick for a job with the big club, so Sparks will likely be goaltending depth with AHL Ontario.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Phillip Danault: Reaches long-term deal in L.A.
Danault signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Kings on Wednesday.
One of the bigger names available in free agency, Danault appears set for a long-term commitment with the Kings. The 28-year-old center should slot into a middle-six role with his new team. He produced just 24 points in 53 regular-season contests and another four points in 22 outings during the playoffs with the Canadiens last year. Danault's main appeal comes from his steady faceoff work and defensive effort, which should provide some two-way stability down the Kings' lineup. He'll have some appeal in deeper fantasy formats, as he had 100 points across 152 games in the two seasons before his offense dipped last year.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Alexander Edler: Signs short-term deal with LA
Edler signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Kings on Wednesday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.
Edler struggled in his final season with the Canucks in 2020-21, picking up just eight helpers while posting a minus-8 rating in 52 appearances. The veteran blueliner still managed to average nearly 21 minutes of ice time, racking up 80 hits and 118 blocks in the process, but his offense fell of a cliff. It's hard to see him rebounding significantly as a point producer with the Kings in 2021-22, so fantasy owners may want to avoid Edler on draft day.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Trevor Moore: Secures deal with Kings
Moore signed a two-year, $3.75 million extension with Los Angeles on Saturday.
Moore's 2020-21 campaign was by far the most impressive during his three-year NHL tenure. He set new career marks in most offensive categories, including goals (10), points (23) and average time on ice (14:32). The 26-year-old should slot into a middle-six role with the Kings again during the 2021-22 season while carrying a cap hit of $1.875 million.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Kirill Kirsanov: Russian defender heads to Cali
Kirsanov was drafted 84th overall by the Kings at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
A two-way defenseman known for his steadiness, Kirsanov played significant minutes for one of the best teams in the KHL (SKA St. Petersburg) as an 18-year-old. He managed just three assists in his 29 games with the club, but Kirsanov has displayed the ability to chip in offensively at both the junior and international levels. Kirsanov is unlikely to ever develop into an All-Star and it could be a challenge to get him over from Russia, but he should fit in seamlessly for Los Angeles when he finally arrives. This was a stellar selection for the Kings.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Samuel Helenius: Hulking center heads to Cali
Helenius was drafted 59th overall by the Kings at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Helenius is legitimately 6-foot-6 and will remain at center; those traits alone made him a highly coveted prospect. He surprised many by cracking the Finnish World Junior roster this past year and played well in the tournament. Helenius has been used as a shutdown defensive center with both his Finnish club team (JYP) and the international team to this point. He skates well, is extremely responsible in his own zone and can win face-offs. If there is untapped offensive potential here that we are yet to see, the sky is the limit. If not, the Kings have a nice depth piece on their hands in the mold of another guy they drafted many years ago, Brian Boyle.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Francesco Pinelli: Adds depth to Los Angeles system
Pinelli was drafted 42nd overall by the Kings at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
OHL players did whatever was necessary in order to get a few games in this past season and that led Pinelli, who is property of the Kitchener Rangers, to play with Jesenice in Slovenia. He was fine there, but it was his play with the Canadian U18 team that really stood out. Pinelli managed four goals and 11 points in seven games during the tournament despite filling a depth role for his native country. Pinelli lacks breakaway speed, but his work ethic is impressive, and his hands underrated. Players with Pinelli's all-around arsenal tend to figure out how to contribute in some capacity.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Tyler Steenbergen: Traded in minor league deal
Steenbergen was traded to the Kings from the Coyotes on Saturday.
Steenbergen delivered 13 points, including 10 goals, in 36 games last season with AHL Tucson and 62 (27 goals, 34 assists) in 165 games there. He has some pedigree -- he won a goal medal with Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Steenbergen was traded along with Brayden Burke in a minor-league deal for defenseman Cole Hults and forward Bokondji Imama.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Brayden Burke: Heads to Hollywood in trade
Burke was traded to the Kings from the Coyotes on Saturday.
Burke and Tyler Steenbergen head further west in exchange for Bokondji Imama and Cole Hults. Burke recorded 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in 28 games last season for Tucson of the AHL. Over three seasons there, he delivered 99 points (35 goals, 64 assists) in 146 games.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Brandt Clarke: High-upside pick at eighth overall
Clarke was drafted eighth overall by the Kings at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Clarke is an elite offensive defender who plays with an assertive edge, who could just end up being the best fantasy defender of this draft class. Or rub his new coach completely the wrong way. Clarke bolted to Slovakia in 2020-21 to play in their pro league and certainly made a mark. He reads the game incredibly well and plays a rover-style a bit like Kris Letang, who jumps into the play at every chance. Sure, Clarke's skating isn't the greatest, but it has never held him back and in fact, his lateral mobility helps him walk the line as well as anyone in the draft. Clarke's defense is already above-average, so this looks like a home-run pick for the Kings.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Christian Wolanin: Signs one-year deal
Wolanin inked a one-year, two-way contract with Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Thanks to a quirk in NHL rules, Wolanin would have been a Group VI unrestricted free agent had the Kings not locked him up, as he didn't play in enough games for Los Angeles to retain his restricted status. Now, however, that's off the table, as he'll return to Hollywood after appearing in three games for the Kings. Wolanin has showed nothing in the way of offense at the NHL level, but he did just put up six points in 10 games for the United States at the IIHF World Championship last month. If he can do anything like that next season in Los Angeles, he'd be a solid fantasy option, but for the time being, his NHL history suggests there are better choices available.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Viktor Arvidsson: Acquired via trade
Arvidsson was brought in by the Kings from the Predators on Thursday in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and 2022 third-round pick.
Arvidsson -- who is coming off his worst statistical season since his rookie campaign in 2015-16 -- will be hoping the change of scenery can return him to being a 30-goal scorer. Considering what Los Angeles gave up to acquire the 28-year-old winger, it seems the organization believes it has the pieces to end its three-year postseason drought. Arvidsson should be in the mix for a spot on the No. 1 power play, as well, boosting his fantasy outlook.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Austin Wagner: Finishes in single digits
Wagner managed just eight points in the shortened season, posting four goals and four assists.
Wagner still has time to improve his offensive capabilities and get back to the level of his 20-point rookie season, but he's certainly trending in the wrong direction. He's not likely to attract a lot of fantasy attention next season.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Christian Wolanin: Could move on in offseason
Wolanin didn't score a point in three games as a King after coming over in a trade with Ottawa.
The 26-year-old could have been a restricted free agent had he played enough games, but he instead qualifies for unrestricted free agency because he's part of the Group 6 classification. Whether or not the Kings bring him back, Wolanin has shown no offensive prowess in his time in the NHL and offers little to no fantasy upside.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Kurtis MacDermid: Posts lowest plus-minus of career
MacDermid and the Kings had a tough time in the West Division, as the gritty forward posted a minus-14 in just 28 games.
MacDermid had to miss games because of COVID protocols and never really got going in 2020-21, as his side struggled to prevent goals throughout the year. His value on offense is virtually nonexistent, so unless your league counts hits, there really isn't any reason to look his way in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
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