Happy Friday, insiders!
I usually like to throw in a longer lens post 30 days before opening night, but maybe 32 days is more appropriate when it comes to monarchs? I’d say 23 might be the most appropriate number when it comes to this particular season, but that’s the first day of the rookie faceoff and that’s too close to the start of the season to reflect.
Regardless, how about a different approach?
One of the best fantasy football stories of the year is Matthew Berry’s 100 Facts article, which lists 100 facts about players around the league that you can easily interpret as you wish. In doing so, he is actually directing your thought process in a direction that takes away from the information, however, the information presented is factual, without argument. It’s not hard to take facts and twist them to support your narrative, and you can usually find a variety of facts that can support opposing views without lying or being false. But they are still facts.
for example –
Player A: Statistics show that this player had the best defensive season of any LA Kings forward. On a per/60 basis, Player A ranks 4th – not against the Kings, but in the entire NHL – in CA/60 and 8th in SCA/60. This player led the Kings in HDCA and xGA last season with 60 and was one of the lowest on the team in PDO, commonly referred to as a luck indicator.
Player B: Last season, he ranked 14th out of the team’s 16 regular strikers (150 minutes), and his stats show a player who struggled to put the ball in the net last season. Player B is ranked 422nd out of 496 hitters by the same criteria. This player ranked between 10th and 12th on the Kings last season with 60 goals, assists and points. Between the regular season and the playoffs, Player B also hit the wall at the end of the season as he finished the 2021-22 campaign with just 1 goal in his last 20 games.
Player A looks like a potential Selke candidate if the writers vote for the wing kids, while Player B looks like a player in need of an offensive upgrade. Player A is Artur Kaliyev. Player B is Artur Kaliev. Probably not exactly the profile you’d expect from the most talented offensive prospect in the system, right? Kaliyev is not a future Selke candidate. With his elite shooting, he’s rarely shot more than five percent in his NHL career. We’ve all seen Kaliev play, he’s a talented youngster with goals in development. The way I want to present the argument is that the facts examined may tilt the narrative one way or the other, but they are facts nonetheless.
With that in mind, here are 32 more to ponder as we approach training camp –
1. At 5-on-5, the Kings ranked 5th in the NHL last season in scoring chances and .2. The Kings get Kevin Fiala this season, who led the Minnesota Wild in scoring chances and most dangerous chances at 5-for-5 last season.3. Last season, the Kings earned at least one point in 30 of 41 road games, tied for the top mark in the Western Conference and the second-best mark in the league (Washington 31, Florida 30).4. Last season, the Kings earned at least one point in 25 of 41 home games, the lowest in the NHL against teams that qualified for the playoffs.5. Last season in the Class of 2021, Artur Kaliyev had the following totals and rankings in his strength.
CF/60 – 12.82 (9th among regular hitters) SCF/60 – 6.8 (11th among regular hitters) HDCF/60 – 3.69 (8th among regular hitters)
6. Last season in the Class of 2022, Artur Kaliev had the following totals and ratings on 60 bases.
CF/60 – 19.05 – (2nd among standard strikers) SCF/60 – 10.32 (2nd among standard strikers) HDCF/60 – 4/31 (4th among standard strikers)
7. Drew Doughty’s assists, points and shots on 60 bases were all highs of his NHL career. On a 60 base basis, Viktor Arvidsson leads in individual shot attempts with 60 and ranks second in individual field goals with 60. The two players combined for 80 points last season, 8. The Kings posted a .628 winning percentage last season with Drew Doughty. Drew Doughty and Viktor Arvidsen didn’t play a single minute in the postseason as the Kings lost in Edmonton in seven games 10. The last time the Kings and Oilers met was in the first round of the playoffs in seven games. The Kings were the only team to qualify for the 2022 season after losing 400 or more games in the regular season. 12. The Kings lost 206 man games on defense, the second most of any team in the NHL and the most of any playoff qualifier. The Kings have only lost three-man games against goaltenders, second-lowest in the NHL.13. Last season, among 60 defensemen, Alex Edler led the NHL in CF and HDCF and ranked in the Top-5 in SCF14. The Kings re-signed Alex Edler to a contract with a base salary of $750,000.15. Alex Iffalo was a regular Philippe Danault winger from October-December. Trevor Moore was a regular Philip Danault winger from January-April. Combined stats for those seasons totaled 24 goals, 37 assists and 61 points.16. The Kings haven’t had a wing player post more than 61 points since Alex Frolov in the 2007-08 season.17. Last season’s Class of 2021, Phillip Danout and Trevor Moore combined for 7 goals and 21 points to rank fifth and 13th on the Kings in total scoring. Last season, in the 2022 class, Danaol and Moore combined for 37 goals and 88 points, ranking third and first in total scoring. 18. Combining totals over the past two seasons, among defensemen with 1,500 or more minutes, Matt Roy ranks ninth in the NHL in fewest goals allowed at 5-on-5 at 60.19. Last season, the Kings ranked 22nd in the NHL in penalty kill percentage, but tied for 17th in shorthanded goal differential (SHG minus PPG). From Jan. 1 through the end of the season, the Kings are tied for ninth in the NHL in shorthanded goal differential with 20. The Kings’ power play has dropped from 18.9% to 16.1% in the 2020-21 season. The Kings’ PP% hasn’t decreased in consecutive seasons since the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.21. The Kings hired Jim Hiller as an assistant coach this offseason. In Hiller’s last three stops as an assistant coach, the team’s power play percentage has increased over two seasons. More on Hiller’s influence here.22. The Kings wore their alternate jerseys against the Chrome Domes (5-0-2) 23 and finished the 2021-22 season with a seven-game point streak. The LA Kings will retire Dustin Brown’s number 23 on February 11th. The Kings had three wins, one regulation loss, one overtime loss and one tie for the night when his jersey number was retired.24. Drew Doughty and Adrian Kempe both previously signed restricted contract extensions as free agents on Sept. 25. Mikey Anderson and Sean Durzi are currently restricted free agents through September 26. Cap Friendly The LA Kings have roughly $1.5 million in cap space.27. The roster consists of 15 forwards, 5 defensemen and two goaltenders, with two players expected to be healthy listed on injured reserve. A total of 24 players is one more than the allotted roster limit of 23 players.28. Specifically with Anderson and Durzi, the Kings should assign one player to Ontario for each player.29. The Kings would easily add $2,262,500 in cap space by assigning the three lowest-cops (1F, 2D) to sign Anderson and Durzi. The Kings would add $2,577,500 in cap space to sign Anderson and Durzi.30 by assigning the three lowest cap hits (1F, 2D) in free agency. The Kings finished the 2021-22 season as a top-5 power forward team for the first time since the 2013-14 season. The Kings had more than 51 percent of their three-pointers for the season.31. According to Nature’s Stat Trick, the Kings had five of the NHL’s top 13 players in “rushing attempts” last season.32. Tobias Bjornfot, Artur Kaliev and Quinton Byfield are ranked in the top 10 in their draft class in terms of NHL games played.
From the above information, all are facts. Is it applicable, relevant or useful? Discuss in the comments!