Friday, August 20, 2021

How LA Kings can become a Legit contender in THREE Years

The LA Kings have a great young core now, but they aren't quite ready to be contenders yet. However, if they make the right trades, and draft correctly in the coming years, they could be. This is how the LA Kings can become a legit contender in three years


At the 2022 trade deadline, a few trades are made:

LA Kings trade Dustin Brown to the Minnesota Wild for Mitchell Chafee, 2022 2nd round pick. If the Wild make the playoffs, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

This is a win-win trade for both sides; the Wild gets a veteran forward in Dustin Brown, who has plenty of playoff experience, while the Kings get a prospect and a conditional 2nd round pick, that could become a 1st round pick. 

The Kings also trade Olli Maatta, Adrian Kempe to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Vladislav Gavrikov, Eric Robinson, 2022 2nd round pick. 

This is basically two trades in one; first, you have an Olli Maatta for Vladislav Gavrikov swap, which is pretty even; then the Blue Jackets get a 2nd line center in Kempe for Robinson and a 2nd round pick. 

Alex Edler, Andreas Athanasiou get traded to the New York Islanders for Sebastian Aho and a 2022 2nd round pick.

The Islanders need to replace Nick Leddy on the 2nd pair and Alex Edler would be a solid fit for the team; on the flip side of the trade, the Kings get a defensive prospect and a 2nd round pick.


The LA Kings miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 7th pick in the draft. LA drops a spot in the draft lottery and ends up with the 8th pick in the draft.


The Wild made the playoffs in the 2021-22 season, so the Kings will get their 1st round pick.

2022 draft

8-Ivan Miroshichenko

19-Frank Nazar

39-Noah Ostlund

42-Tristan Luneau

63-Simon Forsmark

87-Tomas Hamara

103-Julian Lutz

135-Topi Ronni

167-Linus Hemstrom


LA Kings re-sign Cal Peterson to a 3 yr deal worth 2.8 million per season.

Vladislav Gavrikov is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 2.8 million per season


LA Kings re-sign the Following RFAs:

Gabriel Vilardi

Blake Lizotte

Carl Grundstrom

Michael Anderson

 

All Non-Roster RFAs are also re-signed by the Kings.


In Free Agency, LA Kings make a major free agent signing:

Filip Forsberg-7yrs/8.5M per


At the 2023 Trade deadline, the LA Kings make one major trade:

LA Kings trade Jonathan Quick to the Detroit Red Wings for Kaden Fulcer, 2023 3rd round pick. If the Red Wings make the Playoffs or If Jonathan Quick re-signs with the Red Wings, the Kings get the Red Wings 2025 3rd rd pick.

This is a fantastic trade for Detroit because they get a proven goalie in the Playoffs in Jonathan Quick, while the Kings get Kaden Fulcer and a draft pick. 


The LA Kings miss the playoffs again in the 2022-23 season, finish with the 7th worst record in the league. Unfortunately, the Kings fall two spots in the draft lottery and end up with the 9th pick in the draft.


2023 Draft

9-Dalibor Dvorsky

41-Noah Dower Nilsson

73-Mikhail Gulyayev

76-Tommaso De Luca


LA Kings re-sign the following RFAs:

Rasmus Sandin

Tobias Bjornfot

Austin Wagner


All Non-Roster RFAs are also re-signed by the Kings.


In Free Agency, LA Kings sign Fredrik Andersen to a 2 yr deal worth 4.5 million per season.


The LA Kings have a breakthrough season and make the playoffs, but lose in the first round.


After the season, two major trades are made:

LA Kings trade Viktor Arvidsson, Alex Iaffalo, Sean Walker to the New Jersey Devils for Jesper Boqvist, Yegor Sharongovich, 2024 2nd rd pick.

The Devils get two top 6 wingers and a top 6 defenseman, which really bolsters the overall depth, while the Kings get two young players in Sharongovish and Boqvist, as well as a 2nd round pick.

The LA Kings also trade Rasmus Kupari, Michael Anderson, 2024 1st round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rasmus Sandin, Rodion Amirov.

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Kings get Rasmus Sandin and Rodion Amirov, who are very good young players, while the Leafs get Rasmus Kupari, a top prospect, Michael Anderson, and a 1st round pick.


LA Kings re-sign the Following RFAs:

Quinton Byfield

Alex Turcotte

Arthur Kaliyev

Brandt Clarke

Jordan Spence


All Non-Roster RFAs are also re-signed by the Kings.


By the 2024-25 season, the LA Kings have assembled a dangerous team:



2024-25 LA Kings

F.Forsberg-A.Kopitar-Q.Byfield

I.Miroshichenko-A.Turcotte-A.Kaliyev

T.Madden-P.Danault-G.Vilardi

E.Robinson-J-A.Dolan-A.Wagner

T.Bjornfot-D.Doughty

V.Gavrikov-B.Clarke

R.Sandin-J.Spence

C.Peterson

F.Anderson

Top Prospects:

F: A.Thomas, F.Nazar, D.Dvorsky, N.Ostlund, S.Helenius, J.Lutz, M.Chafee

D: H.Grans, T.Luneau, T.Hamara, M.Gulyayev


This is not only a contending team for the upcoming season but for the foreseeable future.

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