For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 19th 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 both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
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Gone – Matt Luff, Kurtis MacDermid
Incoming – Viktor Arvidsson, Phillip Danault, Alex Edler
Impact of Changes – Early in the offseason, the Kings were able to trade for Arvidsson after there was a chance that the Predators would lose him in the expansion draft. Arvidsson might be able to make it work on the top line because he can play either left wing or right wing. Danault will also be an important acquisition filling the void at second-line center. He has never reached a 55-point pace, but the Kings are bringing him in as a two-way specialist, something he excelled at with Montreal.
The Kings also added experience to their blueline, signing longtime Canuck Alex Edler. At age 35, Edler still appears capable of top-4 minutes, which is what the Kings might need with their mostly inexperienced blueline.
Ready for Full Time – The Danault acquisition will ensure that Quinton Byfield receives more protected minutes once he is a permanent fixture on the Kings. Since Byfield is still waiver-exempt, there's still a chance that he could start the season in the AHL even though he has already played in six NHL games. He has a big body (6-4, 215 lbs.), so he may need more time to develop than other early first-round picks. For that reason, be very patient with him in keeper leagues, as his upside is huge.
2019 first-round pick