The NHL All-Star game is right around the corner and the Los Angeles Kings have a player involved this year. The player, Adrian Kempe, picked is not who some may have chosen but is rightfully deserving of the honor.
Kempe was this years’ pick for the Los Angeles Kings, earning his way by already posting a career-high 17 goals. His scoring touch and relentless pursuit of the puck have landed him in a game surrounded by the best players in the league.
The 6-foot-2 and 201 pounder winger is making his first all-star appearance. The product of Kramfors, Sweden has been rewarded for his all-around play this season, which has him playing at an elite level.
The 29th pick in the 1st round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has had ups and down seasons in the past, and some have criticized his unsuccessful offensive production. His play this season has silenced those critics and he seems to have it all together.
This season, Kempe has scored 17 goals and 7 assists for 24 points in 38 games, along with 28 penalty minutes. His 200-foot game has really improved from seasons past, and he can play a regular shift, penalty kill, or power play.
Kempe has shifted between the first and second line this season but the difference in teammates does not seem to bother him. He is often on the bench smiling, enjoying his overall play this year.
Kempe has been solid since his NHL debut. His scoring has improved every year but he has turned things around and is now a top 6 winger.
He has the ability to take his game to the next level and lead the Kings to a playoff appearance this season. Will he continue to produce while having a career year, or will he falter the closer we get to playoff hockey?
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