The Los Angeles Kings now have a window where they can sign college-free agents. With top free agent Alex Steeves signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs we look at who is left and who would make sense.
North Dakota senior Jordan Kawagyuchi is a skilled playmaker who registered 31 points this season, tied with Steeves. Kawaguchi could be signed to add additional scoring to an already impressive prospect pool and make his debut with the AHL Ontario Reign.
Marc McLaughlin, Boston College junior, is ready to make the jump to the pros as we speak. Physical, two-way player who plays a 200 -foot game scored 23 points in 21 games.
Akito Hirose, Minnesota State freshman, NCAA rookie, and brother of Detroit Red Wings Taro Hirose, is a blueliner that can stabilize a defense. Although neither his offense nor defense is elite he does present an all-around game. Could be added to Ontario to present very good blueline depth.
With the Kings goaltending depth somewhat of a question, Michigan junior netminder Strauss Mann could be the answer. The goaltender has elite vision and quickness. He would fit right behind Jacob Ingham and Lukas Parik as the next goaltenders to take over the Kings net. His numbers this year? How about a .927 save % and a 1.95 goals-against average?
Yes, the Kings have depth. Yes, the Kings have the best prospect pool in the league. However, you can never have enough talent or prospects. What happens if, god forbid, there is an injury or trade? This would be the time that prospects matter. The Kings have options to add if they choose to. Do you think they go this route or stay the course and stick with what they have? Time will tell if they pull the trigger and add a young player.
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