Trevor Lewis will never be known for posting gaudy offensive statistics, but he has been a regular contributor for the Los Angeles Kings since 2010 for facets of the game that go beyond the stat sheet. He is the type of speedy, versatile, team-first player that any contending team would love to have on their roster. His penalty killing acumen coupled with his high defensive IQ makes him a reliable two-way threat on a nightly basis for the Kings.
With his game-winning goal in Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks to force a Game 7, Lewis’ reputation as a “big-game player” was further cemented (He also scored two goals in Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals to close out the New Jersey Devils and win the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup).
A native of Utah, Lewis was a first-round pick of the Kings in 2006 and bounced around between the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL), Owen Sound Attack (OHL) and Manchester Monarchs (AHL) before becoming a regular in the NHL in 2010. Lewis’ arrival coincided with the team going from league laughing stock to contender status as he has been an unsung, yet integral cog in the machine.
This season Lewis signed a two-year extension that will keep him in Los Angeles through 2016 for about $1.5 million per season. Given the way certain teams overpay it could be argued Lewis’ championship pedigree and defensive awareness would have earned him a bigger payday from another team in free agency this. Therefore, taking the “hometown discount” further shows how dedicated Lewis is to the team and being a part of a winning environment.
While Lewis’ goals are a “plus,” his speed and defensive work are what makes him a valuable contributor to the Kings on a nightly basis. Everyone on the team has a role and Lewis’ is to kill penalties, forecheck and keep opponents honest with his quick feet. If the team wishes to win Game 7 in Anaheim it will take more of the same from No. 22, which given his track record is to be expected. If the Kings do in fact win this year’s Stanley Cup, Lewis will have won two more championships in Los Angeles than most prominent athlete to make the move from Utah to the City of Angels (Karl Malone’s forgettable championship-less season with the Los Angeles Lakers, still a sore spot for many I’m sure).