Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades 2018: Los Angeles Kings

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2018-08-19

 

Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Los Angeles Kings

 

For the last 15 years (12 with The Hockey News, last year’s via pinch-hitter Cam Robinson) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 16th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.

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GoneTorrey Mitchell, Christian Folin, Tobias Rieder, Kevin Gravel, Scott Wedgewood, Andy Andreoff

 

IncomingIlya Kovalchuk, Zack Mitchell, Peter Budaj

 

Impact of changes – One player. All the difference. Kovalchuk is a first line left winger who injects scoring depth onto the roster in a big way. Using the Frozen Tools NHLe calculator on Kovalchuk’s KHL stats (go here for the tool), his numbers pro-rate to 71 points last season and 77 points the season prior (82 NHL games). His last season in the NHL pro-rated to 69 points in 82 games, so if you use something in the mid-60s for 2018-19 you won’t be too far off, since he’s another year older (35).

The smart money is on Kovalchuk slotting in on Anze Kopitar’s line along with Dustin Brown, bumping Alex Iafallo to the third line. That’s also where I’m leaning. But it’s not 100%, it’s actually closer to 55%. A big part of me thinks that Kovalchuk jumps onto Jeff Ca