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Fiala should whip the Kings attack

After the 2022 NHL Draft, the opening of the free agent market and several staff moves during the offseason, NHL.com is profiling the various teams for the 2022-23 season, which begins on October 7. Today, the Los Angeles Kings.

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Record in 2021-22: 44-27-11, third in the Pacific section; eliminated in the first round of the playoffs
Best striker : Adrian Kempe (35)
Best passer: Anze Kopitar (48)
Top scorer: Kopitar (67)

The arrivals

Kevin Fiala (HAS)

The 26-year-old Swiss signed a seven-year contract on June 30, a day after being acquired in a trade from the Minnesota Wild for defense prospect Brock Faber and the 19th pick in the 2022 Draft. NHL (Liam Ohgren). Fiala signed with the Kings rather than becoming a restricted free agent. He set NHL personal bests in goals (33), assists (52) and points (85) in 82 games last season. He added three assists in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. Fiala (17 power-play points, including five goals, in 2021-22) should boost an offense that finished 20th in the NHL (2.87 goals per game) and a power play that took 27th place (16.1 percent) last season.

Video: MIN@MTL: Zuccarello sets the table for Fiala in AN

Departures

• Dustin Brown (A)
Andreas Athanasiou (HAS)
Olli Maatta (D)

Brown, 37, retired from the NHL after 18 seasons, all with the Kings. Brown, who had 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 64 games last season, helped Los Angeles win the Stanley Cup twice (2012, 2014). He had 712 points (325 goals, 387 assists) in 1,296 regular season games.

Athanasiou agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 13. He had 17 points (11 goals, six assists) in 28 games last season, before adding one goal in six playoff games. Maatta agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on July 14. He had eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 66 regular season games before being shut out in seven playoff games.

They knock on the door

• Alex Turcotte (A)
• Brandt Clarke (D)
• Akil Thomas (R)
Jordan Spence (D)

Turcotte, 21, did not participate in on-ice activities at development camp after suffering two concussions last season, the second occurring in Game 1 in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. The fifth pick in the 2019 draft made his NHL debut on Dec. 28, 2021. He was shut out in eight games after recording 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 27 games in his second season as a pro with the Reign. from Ontario in the American Hockey League (AHL). Thomas, 22, had 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 80 career AHL games. He had 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 40 games last season after missing the first two months of the campaign with both shoulder surgery the previous offseason.

Clarke, the eighth overall pick in the 2021 draft, turns 20 on Feb. 9 and is therefore ineligible for a spot in the AHL, so if he doesn’t start the season with the Kings, he will be fired. with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Clarke was one of three defensemen in the OHL to average at least one point per game last season (11-48–59 in 55 GMs).

Spence, 21, had 42 points (four goals, 38 assists) in 46 AHL games before being called up by the Kings on March 9 and making his NHL debut that night. Spence has eight points (two goals, six assists) in 24 NHL games and appeared in three playoff games.

Video: SEA@LAK: Spence doubles lead with first goal

Needs

They need to find a way forward despite squandering a 3-2 lead in their first-round series, especially after playing Game 6 at home. Drew Doughty said after the playoffs that the Kings needed to add defensive toughness.

what they said

“It’s a great opportunity and a great organization. I see a team on the rise. She made the playoffs last year, and I hear they’re a great group of guys. On the ice, they continue to improve. I think the future looks bright for them, so I’m very happy about that. » — Forward Kevin Fiala

Planned training 2022-23

Adrian Kempe — Anze Kopitar — Kevin Fiala
Trevor MoorePhillip DanaultViktor Arvidson
Alex IafalloBlake LizotteArthur Kaliyev
Gabriel VilardiQuinton ByfieldRasmus Kupari

Mikey Anderson — Drew Doughty
Tobias Bjornfotmatt roy
Alexander EdlerSean Durzi

Jonathan Quick
Cal Petersen

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