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In July, the Kings acquired Fiala from Minnesota and immediately signed him to a seven-year contract extension. The Fiala breakout finally came in 2021-22, posting 85 points (33G/52A) in 82 games. He did most of his damage starting in the second half of February, ranking eighth in the NHL with 48 points (19G/29A) in his last 36 games. More impressively, he did most of that 5-on-5 work while playing on the Wild’s second line. In Los Angeles, he’ll likely be paired with Anze Kopitar, and the duo could work some magic. Fiala’s sniping volume (10.9 SOG/60) should allow him to duplicate his 30-plus goal campaign.
Kopitar exploded for 92 points in 2018 but unsurprisingly hasn’t been able to return to that level since. Still, he was remarkably consistent, averaging 21 goals and 47 assists (68 points) in 82 games over the next four years. Adding a player of Fiala’s ability to his wing could help the 35-year-old close in on a points-per-game pace in 2022-23. Kopitar is a fantastic No. 3 center with as stable ground as you will find.
Doughty missed a month with a knee injury at the start of 2021-22 and saw his season cut short by wrist surgery. However, the veteran defender should be ready for the start of the 2022-23 season and could have a big year if last year’s 39 games were any indication. Doughty finished 12th among defensemen in points per game (0.79) and could have a 50-point season if he stays healthy. The Kings are a growing team and Doughty will be on the ice 26 minutes a night.
Kempe scored 35 goals from nowhere, largely thanks to a dramatic increase in shot volume – he was 31st in the NHL in SOG/60 (10.2). Even if his SH% (14.2) regresses, he could still reach 30 goals with this volume of shots. Adding Fiala to the mix gives the Kings a powerful front line, which should help boost Kempe’s assist tally this season. You’ll be able to add Kempe late in the drafts, and he has a real shot at building on last year’s career numbers.
Arvidsson’s first season with the Kings went very well. He had 20 goals and 29 assists (49 points) in 66 games and was a key member of their second line, which finished fifth in the NHL in xGF/60 (3.8). Arvidsson is once again expected to spend plenty of time with Phillip Danault, so expect top-10 shooting volume and 30 goals and 40 assists.
The Kings’ second line dominated the opposition every night, helping Danault post career highs in shots (194) and goals (27). Danault’s attacking game seems a bit capped. Still, as long as he’s playing on one of the best offensive lines in the league, he’ll continue to rack up points on a consistent basis. Don’t expect him to suddenly turn into a 70 point player.
Moore had been productive at all levels (USHL, NCAA and AHL), but it took him a while to get into the NHL. In 2021-22, he found himself on a line with Danault and Arvidsson and became a solid mid-season broadcast option. He finished the season with 17 goals and 31 assists (48 points), but with an 8.4 SH% and 9.2 SH% on ice, there could be room for growth in 2022-23. There’s no reason for the Kings to break that line, so expect Moore to be borderline fantasy relevant this season with a pretty decent upside if things continue to go as well as the year. last.
Kaliyev is a sniper, as evidenced by his 95 goals in his last two years in the OHL. He was solid during his rookie campaign, scoring 14 goals and 13 assists while playing almost exclusively fourth-line minutes. There’s no denying that Kaliyev will be a quality scorer in the NHL, but it’s hard to imagine him leaving the Kings’ last six this season. Their top 6 looks set in stone, so leave Kaliyev on waivers, but pick him up if an injury forces the Kings to move him up the depth chart.
The 2020 No. 2 overall pick has just 11 points (5G/6A) in 46 games. His ice time has been very limited and will likely continue to be in 2022-23. The Kings’ depth chart is loaded and Byfield is the victim of a numbers game right now. The future is still bright for the 20-year-old center but it’s unlikely to impact this fantastic season.
Durzi made his NHL debut last season, replacing Doughty when he was injured. The 23-year-old defender had an immediate impact by registering five points (1G/4A) in his first five games. He was a welcome addition to the waiver wire for teams that were weak on the blue line, as he finished with 27 points (3G/24A) in 64 games. The concern for Durzi heading into 2022-23 is that 55.6% of his points have come on the power play. With Doughty back in the mix, Durzi will likely be relegated to PP2, hurting his PP totals. He should start the year off on some fantastic waiver leads.
Vilardi is one of many very talented young forwards in Los Angeles. However, they will play a limited role behind veterans. In three seasons, Vilardi recorded 37 points (18G / 19A) in 89 games with an average of 14:11 TOI/gm. Expect him to continue producing a pace of around 0.4 points per game until he takes on a bigger role in the Kings offense.
After posting an .896 SV% from 2019 to 2021, it looked like Cal Petersen was going to take Quick’s crease going into the 2022 season. That never materialized, as Quick played extremely well. He had a .923 SV% in 20 games in the first three months. However, he slowed in his next 21 appearances (.888 SV%) before closing the season with five straight wins (.938 SV%). Overall, he was 13th in GAA (2.69) and tied for 25th in SV% (0.910). At 36, his starting days of 60+ games are over, but he still looks capable of taking the lion’s share of a 60/40 split. Los Angeles was one of the best 5-on-5 teams in the NHL a season ago, but their special teams were way below par. If the power play and penalty kick improve in 2022-23, they will be a great team, and Quick will be a fantastic solid No.2 option.
Petersen not taking over for the Kings had as much to do with his struggles as with Quick’s success. In the first two months of the season, he had .895 SV%, and it never really got better from there. He was a goalkeeper under 0.900 SV% all year, but still managed to win 20 games. Petersen had a .916 SV% in 54 games heading into last season, so expect him to bounce back. However, it looks like he will only see around 35 starts again unless Quick’s game falls off a cliff.