The Daily Faceoff recently made their selections for the 30 eligible teams in the Seattle Expansion Draft. Here’s who they see being taken from the LA Kings.
With Wednesday’s expansion draft approaching fast, the LA Kings and 29 other franchises will lose one player to the Seattle Kraken. The Kings released their list of protected players on Sunday and, further, the players who will be available to the NHL’s newest franchise.
In reviewing the players that have been exposed, Kings fans can narrow the list down to a couple of players they feel comfortable who would be the Kraken’s pick. However, it’s always interesting to get other’s perspectives on the matter.
The Daily Faceoff recently released a podcast and co-hosts Jason Gregor and Frank Seravalli made their picks for all 30 clubs.
Brendan Lemieux (Gregor)
“You know what’s funny about the Kings? They have a lot really good young prospects, but here’s a player that I think fits into an energy role really well in Brendan Lemieux.”
Lemieux would be a bit of a surprise if taken by Seattle. He was acquired mid-season by the Kings in exchange for a fourth-round pick to give the team a bit more of an edge in the bottom-six forwards.
He played in only 18 games, recording two goals, two assists, and 14 PIM while averaging just under ten minutes per night. The Denver, Colorado native, regardless of whether Seattle takes him, will be entering his final season under contract before becoming a restricted free agent.
Kale Clague (Seravalli)
“I picked Kale Clague on defense. 23 [years old], $761,000, RFA, under team control, [and] I saw him play at two World Juniors. I think there’s more there. He’s had a decent run in the AHL and had a little taste with the Kings. I think he’s a guy that makes a lot of sense.”
Of course, Clague has been the player most Kings fans have pegged as the one that would go to Seattle if left exposed. He played in just 18 games for Los Angeles this past season, recording six assists. Clague spent the majority of the year down with the Ontario Reign of the AHL.
A former second-round pick, Clague has shown a lot of offensive upside at every level of his development. In his draft year, the blueliner recorded six goals and 37 assists in 71 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. In the 2021 season, Clague recorded a goal with 11 assists for the Reign.
As Seravalli alludes to, defensemen take a little longer to develop, and Clague could end up being a meaningful producer in the NHL when he reaches his full potential. He spent approximately two weeks on the Kings taxi squad last year before being optioned back to Ontario for the remainder of the season.
If he somehow survives the expansion draft, the Kings will have to give Clague every opportunity to earn a full-time role, especially considering he tallied seven points in his final five games of the year with the Reign.
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