Three trade deadline keys the LA Kings must follow
Other players like Nicolas Roy of the Vegas Golden Knights, Brandon Hagel of the Chicago Blackhawks and Jacob Middleton of the San Jose Sharks would also be options the Kings could invest in.
Buying at a relatively nominal price for a player with excellent analytic numbers could seriously work. For GMs, they will always take the safe route of buying proven players, but they never really go out of their way to find hidden gems.
The Florida Panthers did it with Carter Verhaeghe and based on available player projections. There is more than enough evidence that these players live up to Verhaeghe’s potential.
The Kings have the flexibility to invest in these types of players, and if they don’t jump on that bandwagon, there will be other managers who will.
3. Go big or go home (with specific players)
Don’t settle for secondary and don’t be afraid to outbid players like Jakob Chychrun. It’s a message that should go out to all teams that are on Jakob Chychrun and other young players with high price tags in the market.
The colossal stockpile of prospects and picks the Kings have may be wasted. Rasmus Kupari, Gabe Vilardi, Tyler Madden, Quinton Byfield, Phillip Danault, Anze Kopitar, Kasper Simontaival, Francesco Pinelli and Alex Turcotte are just a few of the Kings’ center prospects. Sure, they can be moved to the wing, but that still leaves so many other players out of position.
Instead of diminishing their value by letting them sit in the AHL, the Kings need to use a few of those names to acquire a much-needed player like Travis Konecny or Jakob Chychrun. The Kings struggle to score hockey games, so bringing in young snipers like Travis Konecny and Brock Boeser will be crucial.
And if they’re not going big on forwards, they’re going big on Jakob Chychrun. The 23-year-old offensive defenseman has been a rock for Arizona for a few years now, and with him on the block, he’ll be able to get one hell of a comeback.
Few teams will afford Chychrun, but do you know who can? The Los Angeles Kings can. With the extreme number of prospects and picks the Kings have, they fit the bill perfectly. The left side of the defense in Los Angeles is riddled with injuries, and even healthy it’s not as good as it should be. Trading for a star player will be the definition of going big.
Don’t go overboard on some rentals, though. Best to avoid giving away ridiculous amounts of assets for upcoming UFAs like Ben Chiarot, Tomas Hertl and Claude Giroux. This is the same as the first point.
The LA Kings should follow these three keys in the next two weeks. It’s essential not to make a desperate move at this time of year, especially when you have the luxury of having a gigantic prospect pool like the Kings do.
The pressure of continual changes in the market can be stressful and cause GMs to make rational decisions. One moment you have the player you want, and the next he is crossing the country because another team has outbid within minutes. But if the basics are followed and the management group doesn’t do anything rational, the Kings should do just fine.