I don’t think it’s a good idea to draw any kind of conclusion from pre-season games. But what the h***, that’s all we have right now

  • If Frolov is anything less than stellar in his contract year (i.e. if he takes nights off), he will get dealt sooner rather than later. And Frolov is especially vulnerable the first 10-15 games, I think. If he plays like an “enigma,” I think DL will have a few chances to ship him to someone looking for offense on a more run-and-gun team.
  • If Bernier plays like a pro in Manchester, Ersberg will get traded, sooner rather than later.
  • If the Kings have any problem scoring 5-on-5 — by which I mean, if they are in the bottom third of the league in that stat — hello Oscar Moller second line center. Stoll will end up centering the fourth line for awhile.
  • If there is any problem on the power play (which I think is less likely), we will see Hickey.
  • Murray may have his lines “set,” but I think the only lines set in stone are as follows: Kopitar is the first line center. Handzus is the third line center. That’s it.
  • Frolov will probably move between the first three LWs all season or as long as he stays with the Kings.
  • Smyth will bounce back and forth between Kopitar’s line and the line of whoever is the second line center.
  • I say “whoever” because unless the Kings are playing their A game, I think Stoll is vulnerable and we could see Lewis or Moller (or Azevedo) in that spot.
  • Any faltering from a 90 point pace, and I think DL looks to move either Frolov or Stoll or both. Everyone else (Kopitar, Williams, Brown, Handzus, Simmonds) is more or less secure (unless he can find someone to take Handzus’s salary).
  • Purcell probably wouldn’t get moved, just swapped out for Moller or whoever is the best in Manchester at the moment.
  • Simmonds could easily end up being RW2 or even RW1 before the season is done. I think he’s about to become a star.
  • Players I’m not worried about: Quick, Doughty, Johnson, SOD, Greene, Purcell, Handzus, Simmonds, Lewis, Williams, Kopitar, Brown, Smyth. Players with asterisks: Frolov, Stoll, Ersberg, Drewiske, Scuderi, Westgarth. Players I wish would move on: Ivanans, Richardson, Zeiler, Calder, Armstrong, Preissing, Gauthier, what? Oh, cool. Okay. The first two then.
  • I really hope, a month from now, we’re not all talking about how much we are missing Kyle Quincey.
 
  • wavesinair

    Good stuff.

    -I would be bummed to see fro go, but excited to think of who we would get in return.
    -I think the goalie situation will be moved upon slowly as always, a la labs painful death.
    -I would think we will see Hickey regardless…
    -I agree on the instability of the lines. There’s no reason to believe yet that TM won’t constantly move things around.
    -I don’t see stoll moving because if he has problems, I can only assume it will be caused in large part by arthritis, in which case, he isn’t going to pass a physical. Alyn McCauley?
    -JMFJ will be what Quincey was before Quincey was to be what JMFJ was supposed to be, if that makes any sense at all…
    -I hate quisp with a K, but I will learn to accept it.

  • quisp

    There is no kwisp with a k really. when i registered with wordpress, “quisp” was taken as a domain name, so i chose kwisp, but retained “quisp” as my user name. in the last couple of days, typepad has been screwy in terms of registering on the Inside the Kings site, so I have had to use my “openID” registration, which is the wordpress URL, which has kwisp in it. when hammond moves to kings.com, kwisp will go away.

  • wavesinair

    lol, i know, you told me before about wordpress. i just had to rub it in a little. do you have any idea what the blog will be like on the kings site?

    • quisp

      None. If I had to guess, based on my experience with the Kings site so far, there will be bugs and I fear for the comments section.

      I agree with you re Stoll.