By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on July 17, 2014
The Los Angeles Kings have a veteran led squad that has helped them win two of the last three Stanley Cups. There is a youth movement underway, however, as Dean Lombardi has drafted very well and has reinforcements on the way. The healthy competition created by the youth arriving will surely help the Kings remain an elite team.
It is tough for a teenager to make the NHL, and the Kings have one of the deepest rosters in the league making it almost impossible for the young Swede. His skill, size and power forward style could make a dark horse to play a few games with the Kings this year, especially if he comes over to North America.
The former North Dakota and Team USA standout played all of last year in the AHL, but the 2010 first-round pick is ready for the NHL. His size and hockey sense make him a candidate to fill the void left by Willie Mitchell’s departure.
The Baie-Comeau star has size and oozes offensive abilities. He would look amazing on a line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams as the skill sets complement each other perfectly. Having said that, look for the Kings to stash the Russian winger in the Quebec Major Junior League for one more season before he makes his pro debut.
The former Sabres’ prospect will be pushing for a spot on the blue line in a depth role that could gradually play bigger minutes. Having already played 37 games in the NHL (all with Buffalo) surely gives McNabb a better shot than some of the other prospects.
While he doesn’t have the offensive prowess as some of the other prospects, his two-way game is elite for a player of his age and fits the Kings’ system perfectly. Having a young, defensive-minded right-handed center further cements the Kings as an elite team.
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