Quinton Byfield

Quinton Byfield and Arthur Kaliyev: Breakout Stars to be

Two players to note: Adrian Kempe and Gabriel Vilardi. These are the only two prospects in the LA Kings pipeline that broke out in the last decade. They played to their draft pedigree, and arguably with Kempe, above their draft position. The history of first-round draft picks within the organization getting injured or not playing […]

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Rob Blake Saga Part VI: The Then, the Now, the Future

The Then Rob Blake spent the first portion of his tenure as General Manager collecting and gathering assets while still trying to field a somewhat competitive roster. The team took steps towards what it could attain each year under Blake. After the Covid years, Rob Blake turned towards fielding a sustainable and winning team by […]

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The Battle for the Third Pair

The Kings spent the last few seasons dedicating a meticulous search for a mobile 2-way left-shot defenseman. The search often pointed toward a familiar name to the Kings’ organization due to family legacy, Jacob Chychrun. The asking price was rumored to be absurd, and the Kings deftly sought out Vladislav Gavrikov in a trade coupled […]

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Could the Kings be the Perfect Patrick Kane Fit?

The 2023 NHL Training Camp period is set to open in September. Players who haven’t signed yet are either signing professional tryouts or finding new homes in the National Hockey League or other professional leagues overseas. Patrick Kane has yet to sign an NHL contract, and I don’t forecast him to sign one for a […]

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Rob Blake Saga Part V: Feigned Retreat and a Pandemic

The two worst seasons for Rob Blake and the LA Kings came in 2018-19 and 2019-2020. Respectively finishing dead last in the Western Conference and second to last the following year. With the emergence of COVID-19 near the end of the 2019-2020 season, their six-game winning streak catapulted them away from finishing dead last in […]

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Three Storylines to Watch for Training Camp

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NHL 24 Projected Ratings: LA Kings Edition

I, for one, have played the franchise mode in NHL by EA Sports more than I’d like to admit. What do I always notice? The LA Kings rarely get the love they deserve through EA Sports. I recall NHL 16′ for example. Milan Lucic was an 88 in Boston, but once he came to LA: […]

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It Is Too Early to Give Up on Quinton Byfield?

Amidst trade rumors surrounding Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Los Angeles Kings, many have speculated that the trade for the 25-year-old center out of Winnipeg was spurred by the lack of development surrounding former 2nd overall pick Quinton Byfield. The Kings have one of the deeper center cores in the league, with Kopitar and Danault headlining […]

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Questions Ahead as Championship Duo Enters Pivotal 23-24 Season

The formidable ‘Holy Trinity’ in hockey is a team that covets a: world-class goaltender, defenseman, and centerman. It is a recipe that has a proven track record, with the 2012-14 championship era LA Kings as a perfect example. They weren’t a juggernaut regular season team but were systematic in a seven-game series. The Kings won […]

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3 Forwards with “Make or Break” seasons going into 2023-24

In a year where the LA Kings were no longer playing with ‘house’ money, many blue-chip prospects stepped into more significant roles. Gabriel Vilardi has broken out, and with a hopeful bridge contract on the horizon, he seems to be a lock to score 50-60 points when healthy (iffy history). This is after a year […]

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