Los Angeles Kings defenseman Tobias Bjornfot was a defenseman with promise. A player who came to Los Angeles with the hopes of being on the top-pairing While that is on hold, Bjornfot could solve a big problem the Kings have on their defense, namely on the left side.
Kings defenseman Sean Durzi is out with a lower-body injury. The Kings may call up a player from their AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign. Bjornfot could be that player because he shoots left, has NHL experience, and is familiar with the King’s system and style of play. If he is indeed called up, this could also be an audition for Bjornfot to show the Kings he still has it.
Bjornfot, the Los Angeles Kings’ 22nd pick in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft, is still quite young and full of promise. His NHL career is not over by any means, he is struggling to find his game. In his NHL career, Bjornfot has played 106 games, totaling one goal and 13 assists for 14 points. Not offensively gifted, he takes care of his own end. Bjornfot is a strong skater, is a good two-way player, and has a strong transition game.
Bjornfot is currently in the AHL with the Reign. In 15 AHL games this season, he has one goal and one assist for two points. Bjornfot is not one to push the play but is blessed with speed. For the Los Angeles Kings, he slows the play down, studies the opposition then relies on his instincts to make adjustments if needed. Bjornfot is still a good defenseman that should not be ruled out at making a comeback to the King’s defense and play a good, steady game. Time will tell when he makes his return to the Kings, but we should not count out a return sooner than later.
With the way the defense has performed since game one, a new face, new energy, and a left-handed shot could be what the defense needs to get back on track. If he is called up, Bjornfot would slot in on the second pairing for the Los Angeles Kings with Matt Roy.
(photo: lakingsinsider.com; Zach Dooley) (photo: lakingsinsider.com; Zach Dooley)