Between their depth and salary cap situation, the Los Angeles Kings have little room to add players. Having said that, investing in low-risk, high-reward players to create healthy competition is never a bad thing, and the Kings have options to do just that. Peter Mueller could be the best option on the market.
The Minnesota native was a former top 10 pick in the draft who despite amazing offensive gifts has struggled with injuries in stops with the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers. Last year Mueller played in Switzerland and put up amazing numbers. Right now he is attempting an NHL comeback, and a team like the Kings would be a great fit.
A non-guaranteed contract/invite to training camp would be best for the Kings, as Mueller would have to earn a spot and his presence on the ice would push the team’s regulars. Having the regulars in the lineup looking over their shoulders will surely bring out the best in them and help the Kings’ title defense.
Mueller would be playing on the fourth line to start out at least and give the Kings the type of skill in the bottom size that seems to be all the rage in the NHL. If he climbs up in the lineup, his 6-foot-2 frame would fit in well among the Kings’ mix of size of skill in their top six, namely Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter.
While it would be up to Mueller to choose one of the toughest lineups in hockey to crack, it could be a win-win if him and the team make it happen. Having a 26-year-old with size and skill motivated to get his NHL career back on track would surely be a useful asset to the Kings’ title defense.