This past week the Los Angeles Kings have been very busy, resigning two key pieces, added a veteran to a camp invite and participated in the Rookie Face Off.
Adrian Kempe, one of the bright young stars for the Kings, was resigned to a 3-year extension worth $6 million dollars. In the 2018-19 season, Kempe recorded 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points, along with 50 penalty minutes, in 81 games. Kempe also recorded a career-high in ice time (20:29).
Jack Campbell was also resigned. His contract extension was for 2 years, worth $3.3 million. Campbell recorded a save percentage of .928 (3rd in the NHL) and ranked 5TH in the league with a goals-against-average of 2.30. During the 20-18-19 season, Campbell went 10-14-1 in 31 games.
Veteran Lance Bouma, previously of the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks, was signed to an invitation to training camp. Last season Bouma played for the Geneve-Servette HC in the Swiss National League.
The Rookie Face-Off kicked off and the Kings looked promising. Game 1 was a loss to the rival Anaheim Cucks 4-1. Arthur Kaliyev recorded a goal, Sean Durzi fought Maxime Comtois and Matt Villalta stopped 31 of 35 shots.
The second game the Kings looked very good, winning 6-1 against the Colorado Avalanche. Mikey Eyssimont scored 2 goals, Blake Lizotte recorded 3 assists and Jacob Ingham stopped 36 of 37 shots.
In the Rookie Face Off finale, the Kings lost 7-3 to the rival San Jose Sharks. Blake Lizotte and Austin Strand added a goal and an assist, while Lukas Parik stopped 20 of 27 shots.
Lizotte has been by far the Kings best player in this tournament and looks promising to make the roster.