Blessed with a heavy wrist shot, Kaliyev has 30-40 goal potential in the NHL.
The 6-foot-2 and 190-pound winger had high expectations upon entering the league. After scoring a goal in his first NHL game, expectations became higher, and he was then given every chance to succeed.
Although Kaliyev is still young and has many NHL games ahead of him, he still needs to work on consistency. This may be why he struggled in the 2021-22 NHL playoffs after having a successful rookie campaign.
He has played six games in the postseason, has zero points, and is a -2, with a time on ice of only 11:31, and 7:17 of those minutes are at even strength.
During the regular season, he posted 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points in 80 games, along with 37 penalty minutes.
Kaliyev has worked on his overall game, so if he is not scoring, he could be of use in other ways, such as creating chances for his linemates.
Drafted by the Kings 33rd overall in the 2nd round of the 2019 NHL draft, he was a goal-scoring machine in the OHL while playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs, scoring 126 goals in his last three OHL seasons. During the 2017-18 season, he won an OHL championship with Hamilton.
So what has happened with Kaliyev in the playoffs?
The Edmonton Oilers are not that defensively gifted, and goaltender Mike Smith is not known as an elite goaltender.
Kaliyev can shoot, he can deflect pucks, he can score dirty goals, and he can be a decoy or a legit scoring threat on the powerplay.
With Game 7 against the Oilers in Edmonton Saturday night, he could be the one who steps up and scores the goal to send the Kings into the second round.
He has not done much until now, so it would be crucial for him to step his game up and score a goal, or two, so the Kings, and the opposition, still see him as a scoring threat. He is too talented to go six games without a point.
Good time for a coming-out party.