Dom Luszczyszyn to Athleticism recently released their ratings for every NHL franchise contract they have currently signed. The LA Kings, who were 31st in those categories last year, moved up to a lucky 13th.
The Kings received a B-.
Of the teams in the Pacific Division, only the Vegas Golden Knights and the Calgary Flames earned higher ratings.
Here is the Kings bulletin:
Luszczyszyn is really happy with the agreement with Kevin Fiala. Considering his productivity last year and the other contracts handed out across the league this offseason, Fiala’s cap of $7.875 million achieved over the next seven seasons looks pretty solid on paper. Of course, the former Minnesota Wild forward is coming off a career-best 85 points, which was significantly better than his previous career-high 54 points in the 2019-20 season.
The Kings still have a lot of red on their report, but it’s significantly better than last year.
Among those in red, Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe stand out on the offensive end of the puck. The former turns 35 at the end of the month and sometimes looked like it had lost a stage last year. Kopitar once again led the Kings in points (67), but it was the fourth straight year he failed to eclipse the 70-point mark. We’ll give him a bye to the shortened 56-game schedule in 2021, though. Still under contract for two more seasons at $10m AAV, Kopitar will need to find the fountain of youth to follow Fiala and Kempe this year.
Speaking of Kempe, the Swedish striker is coming off a career-best 35-goal season. He was rightly paid this summer, with a cap of $5.5 million coming in each of the next four seasons. He will have to prove that last year was not exceptional.
With Doughty in red again, Luszczyszyn congratulates the former Norris Trophy winner on his return to form last year. The 32-year-old was a very productive player but was slowed down by two injuries. Doughty hits a cap of $11 million in each of the next five years to complete his eight-year contract extension. Assuming he doesn’t have similar issues with the injury bug, the London, Ont., native should be in a good position to pick up where he left off.
The Kings, of course, have yet to sign defensemen Mikey Anderson and Sean Durzi.
How did the rest of the Kings division rank?
6. Calgary Flames
9. The Golden Knights of Vegas
14. Vancouver Canucks
15. Seattle Kraken
16. Edmonton Oilers
17. Anaheim Ducks