When the Los Angeles Kings drafted Adrian Kempe 29th overall in the 1st round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Kings thought they had a key piece to the organization’s future success.
Is that thought process finally paying off 7 years later?
Adrian Kempe is not going to win any Rocket Richard trophies or lead the league in scoring. However, if he can maintain this stretch, he can be a key player down the stretch for the Kings heading into the playoffs.
Kempe is an excellent player who can play any forward position on any line. He has struggled to put things together in the past, but this year everything is clicking for the Swedish forward. He also had lacked confidence in the past, but every time he touches the puck, it seems to go in or create a good scoring chance.
This year has been different for Kempe.
He has recently found his groove, and it seems his all-around game has come to life. Kempe has accounted for 11 goals, second behind Dustin Brown’s 13 and 8 assists for 19 points in 28 games. His career-high in goals, 16, came in 2017-18, the same year as his high points, 37. He is halfway to his new career-high in points in almost half the games.
Is this the year Adrian Kempe proves all of the doubters wrong? Is this the year the Kings forward shows the Kings what they have been hoping for?
A lot of people wondered where the real Adrian Kempe was; was he a bust? Was he tradeable?
Kempe has put that kind of talk to rest with his play of late.
If he can continue to perform as he has recently, he deserves credit for not giving up and pushing through adversity.
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