The Los Angeles Kings have dipped into the free agent pool, adding two players with NHL to add depth to their already deep roster.
Forward Martin Frk (1 year, 2-way contract worth $700,000) and Defensemen Joakim Ryan (1 year, 1-way contract worth $725,000) are your newest Los Angeles Kings.
Personally seeing the 6-1, 185 pounder Frk play in person he could be a great addition if placed in the right scenario. Although he can play either wing position he is most noted for playing the left side, while blasting his heavy, Alex Ovechkin type shot. Scoring is his most notable asset and he brings some grit as well. The biggest knock against Frk is his defense, which is almost invisible. He can also play the Power Play quarterback as well. Last season he split time between Grand Rapids (AHL) and Detroit (NHL) and accounted for 6 goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 43 games, according to eliteprospects.com
Joakim Ryan brings experience from the defensive end, playing last season with the Kings rival San Jose Sharks. The 5-11, 185 pounder is a solid 2-way d-man who has good mobility and is good on the PowerPlay. Ryan is more of a defensive player but has a heavy shot and can produce from the back end. Last season he recorded 7 assists in 44 games, along with 15 penalty minutes.
Solid additions to the roster that could really pay off in a quiet way. Whether they are in Los Angeles or Ontario with the Reign, they are sure to make an impact.
The question is how will they be used, regardless of where they play? Will they be on the Kings opening night roster or in Ontario to start the season? The roster is starting to take shape for this season.
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