The Kings will be good in the near future, but probably not this upcoming season
The Los Angeles Kings are not a scary team now. But anyone who watched the World Juniors knows how many stellar prospects are in the Kings’ pipeline. The Kings are likely going to be bad again, but you should be thankful that the Arizona Coyotes will be leaving for the Central Division.
The Kings would go on to get second in the 2020 draft lottery and select center Quinton Byfield. Byfield has all the makings of an excellent player, although it is still unknown if he will play in the NHL in the upcoming season.
Key Additions: Lias Andersson, Olli Maatta
Key Subtractions: Trevor Lewis, Ben Hutton, Nikolai Prokhorkin
2019-20 Finish: 7th in the Pacific (29-35-6)
Coyotes’ 2019-20 record: 2-0-1 in the regular season
Sister Site: Jewels from the Crown (@JFTC_Kings)
Key Injuries: None
Difference Maker: Rust
Towards the end of February and into midway through March, the Kings were on a roll. They weren’t good, and it wasn’t going to be enough to make the playoffs, but they finished the season with a seven-game win streak.
That streak wasn’t all easy teams either. They beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights, Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota Wild, and Colorado Avalanche. Covid-19 would put an end to that streak, along with the regular season.
But the Kings haven’t played since their 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on March 11th. The debate of rest versus rust is likely never going to be completely solved, but for most of the Kings, they haven’t played in close to a year. They are either going to be really well-rested, or insanely rusty.