According to NHL.com Nikolai Prokhorkin has agreed to a 1 year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings drafted him with the 121st pick in the 4th round of the 2012 NHL draft.
The 6-2, 201 lb Russian forward brings a lot to the Kings organization and checks off some of the boxes that the Kings are looking for. In 41 KHL games he scored 41 points in 41 games, was a +27 and had 10 penalty minutes for the SKA St. Petersburg. In 314 career KHL games, he has posted 92 goals and 94 assist for 186 points and a +106.
The KHL is a league where scoring is minimal and goaltending outshines the rest of the league, so Prokhorkin proved he can play, averaging a point every other game. He is also a 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist with Russia.
Beginning his pro career with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs, he played 8 games then went on to play in the KHL. He is talented enough to play all 3 forward positions very well, although he is naturally a Center. Prokhorkin has played all forward positions and up and down the forward lines but he does have the potential to be on the Kings 2nd line when he does arrive in the NHL. He does bring the scoring touch the Kings desperately need but he also has good hockey sense, good vision and is not afraid to play the physical side of the game either.
Prokhorkin can really be the boost the Kings need but however, we do not know when he will be ready to be a regular in the lineup.
What are your opinions on the young, dynamic forward? When does he crack the Kings lineup? The best prediction is he will be there in 2019-20.