When you dominate a stretch of games in the way that the Los Angeles Kings did in last year’s postseason, it takes a special formula and a lot of guys finding their stride at exactly the right moment.
One of those key guys for the Kings as they made their run to their first Stanley Cup title was forward Dwight King. King had eight points, including three in the Cup finals, and 37 hits in the postseason for the Kings last year. His performance set up some decent sized expectations for this year, which have yet to be met.
The Kings brought King back on a two-year deal this past summer for under $2 million. It wasn’t a bad deal for a guy with potential as a solid power forward. But we have yet to see the consistency from King that would allow us to believe that he’s earning that new contract.
In 20 games this season, King has just five points, including a goal and four assists. The Kings as a team have reverted to their offensive form that they displayed for most of the regular season last year, with the exception of a couple of players. Bottom line: they need more from King.
King has a massive frame, coming in at 6’3″ and 227. He has decent hands too. His upside is probably still going to keep him in the bottom six, but he’s a guy that could probably put up 30 or 40 points, including some dirty goals down around the net. We haven’t even seen much of a physical game from King this year, with 20 hits in his 20 games.
No one is expecting King to go out and light up the stat sheet like he’s Jeff Carter. But he needs to make his presence known out there, whether it’s physically or in the box score. If he can find some consistency, he’ll be a tremendous asset for the Los Angeles Kings.