The Los Angeles Kings are stockpiling more talent in the offseason, already adding to the promising core in the pipeline.
The newest addition did not come through trade; it came from Russia.
The Kings signed left-winger Vladimir Tkachyov to a 1-year deal worth $832,500. The 25-year old Tkachyov is from Omsk, Russia, and has spent the past year playing for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. He recorded 11 goals and 27 assists for 38 points in 45 games. He also had 28 penalty minutes and was a +12.
Tkachyov, at 5-feet-10 inches and 157 pounds, has come with quite a resume on the ice. He has NHL speed, quite creative with the puck, and has an exceptional vision. Tkachyov is not afraid to get into scrums, get physical, and will occasionally drop the gloves. He is more of an offensive threat by nature and is not afraid to play a 2oo foot game.
A KHL all-star in 2017-18 and again in 2019-20, he has proven he has the ability to produce offensively. During his 2 years in the QMJHL, he had 79 points on 26 goals and 53 assists in 66 games or 1.2 points per game.
In his 7 years in the KHL, he had 185 points on 62 goals and 123 assists in 254 games or 0.7 points per game.
Tkchayov will have to adjust to the NHL style of play.
There is no question he can play the offensive game but will he adapt to the defensive style of game on a smaller ice surface that has bigger players going at full speed?
Tkachyov has a lot of promise and could end up being a second liner on the Kings. He leaves behind a great career in the KHL but should fit in nicely with the Kings organization.
Time will tell how quickly he adapts to the NHL style and lead this team to the playoffs.
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