Happy Friday, insiders!
I usually like to throw in more long lens posts 30 days before opening night, but maybe 32 days is more appropriate when it comes to royalty? I would say 23 might be the most relevant number when it comes to this particular season, but this is the first day of Rookie Faceoff and it’s too close to the start of the season to think about.
Regardless, how about a different approach?
One of my favorite fantasy football stories of the year is 100 Facts Article by Matthew PerryIt simply lists 100 facts related to players across the league and allows you to interpret them however you want. By doing so, it certainly guides your thought process towards taking that information, but nevertheless, the information provided is factual, without any dispute. It is not difficult to take facts and twist them to support your version, and you can usually find different facts that can support opposing viewpoints, without lying or being dishonest. But they are still facts nonetheless.
for example –
Player A: Statistics show that this player could be the best defensive season for any striker at the Los Angeles Kings. On a 60 basis, Player A ranked 4th – not on the Kings, but in the entire NHL – at CA/60 and 8th on SCA/60. This player led the Kings in HDCA and xGA on a per/60 basis last season and was among the The lowest level team in PDO, commonly referred to as the index of luck.
Player B: The stats show the player who struggled to put a puck in the net last season, ranking 14th out of the team’s 16 regular strikers (min 150) last season in equal-power shooting percentage. Player B earned 422nd out of 496 attackers across the NHL with the same criteria. This player ranked 10th and 12th over the Kings in goals, assists and points on a /60 basis last season. Between the regular season and the playoffs, Player B also hit the end of the season wall, ending the 2021-22 campaign with just one goal from his last 20 games.
Player A looks like a potential candidate for Selke if the book votes for the wings, while Player B looks like a player in need of an overhaul. Player A is Arthur Kaliev. Player B is also Arthur Kaliev. Not exactly the profiles you’d expect likely to be the most offensive talent in the system, right? Kaliev is not a candidate for the future corps. With his elite shot, he’s also unlikely to shoot at just over five percent during his NHL career. We’ve all seen Kaliev play, he’s a talented young goalscorer in development. The facts, woven in whatever way I wanted to make the argument, can tilt the narrative one way or the other, but they are facts nonetheless.
With that in mind, here are 32 more people to think about as we approach training camp –
1. At 5-on-5, the Kings ranked top five in the National Hockey League last season in scoring high-risk chances and chances.
2. The Kings caught up this off season with Kevin Fiala, who led the Minnesota Wild in scoring high-risk 5-on-5 chances and opportunities last season.
3. The Kings earned at least a point in 30 of 41 road games last season, the highest mark in the Western Conference and tied for second place in the league (Washington 31, Florida 30).
4. The Kings earned at least a point in 25 of 41 home games last season, and tied for the lowest mark in the NHL among teams that qualified for the playoffs.
5. During the 2021 portion of last season, Arthur Kaliev had the following totals and ratings at the same power.
CF / 60 – 12.82 (9th place among ordinary strikers)
SCF / 60 – 6.8 (the eleventh among normal attackers)
HDCF / 60 – 3.69 (eighth among normal attackers)
6. During the 2022 portion of last season, Arthur Kaliev had the following totals and ratings, based on /60.
CF / 60 – 19.05 – (2nd among normal attackers)
SCF / 60 – 10.32 (second among normal attackers)
HDCF / 60 – 4/31 (4th among normal attackers)
7. On a 60 basis, Drew Dottie’s assists, points and shots were at the highest levels of his NHL career. On the /60 basis, Victor Arvidson led the league in individual shooting attempts per /60 and ranked second in individual scoring attempts per /60. The two players combined for 80 points last season.
8. The Kings recorded a win percentage of 0.628 with Drew Dottie in last season’s squad, versus 0.581 win percentage without Dottie in the squad.
9. Drew Dottie and Victor Arvidson didn’t play a minute in the post-season as the Kings lost to Edmonton in seven games.
10. The last time the Kings and Oilers met in a seven-game playoff series in the first round of the playoffs, the two teams met the following year also in the second round.
11. The Kings were the only team to qualify for the 2022 Posteason as they lost 400 or more games during the regular season.
12. The Kings lost 206 games by defenders, the second-highest number of games for any team in the NHL and the most among the playoffs. The Kings have lost only three games by goalkeepers, the second lowest in the National Hockey League.
13. Last season, on an all-/60-a-backs basis, Alex Edler led the NHL League in CF and HDCF and ranked among the top 5 in SCF.
14. Kings re-signed Alex Adler to a contract with a base salary of $750,000.
15th. Alex Yavalo was Philip Danault’s most famous winger from October to December. Trevor Moore was Philip Danault’s most popular winger from January to April. The combination extends their stats from those times with a total of 24 goals, 37 assists, and 61 points.
16. The Kings have not had more than 61 points in the wing position since Alex Frolov during the 2007-08 season.
17. During the 2021 portion of last season, Philip Danault and Trevor Moore combined together 7 goals and 21 points, to take the fifth and thirteenth place respectively in total goals in the Kings. During the 2022 portion of last season, Danault and Moore combined 37 goals and 88 points, to finish third and first respectively in total scoring.
18. Combining totals over the past two seasons, among defenders with 1,500 minutes or more, Matt Roy ranks ninth in the NHL for the fewest goals allowed at 5 on 5 on a 60 basis.
19. The Kings ranked 22nd in the NHL in penalty shootouts last season but were tied for 17th in shortened goal difference (SHG vs. minus PPG vs.). From January 1 through the end of the season, the Kings were tied for ninth in the National Hockey League by shortened goal difference.
20. The Kings power game has fallen from 18.9% during the 2020-21 season to 16.1% last season. The Kings PP% hasn’t dropped in back-to-back seasons since the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.
21. The Kings hired Jim Heller as an assistant coach this off-season. In Heller’s past three hiatus as an assistant coach, the team’s strength percentage rose within two seasons of his arrival. More on the Heller effect here.
22. The Kings finished the 2021-22 season on a seven-point streak when they donned their alternate jerseys with Chrome Domes (5-0-2)
23. Dustin Brown’s No. 23 Los Angeles Kings will retire on February 11. The Kings had three wins, one regulation loss, one overtime loss and one draw on the nights when they retired from the player’s jersey number.
24. Drew Doughty and Adrian Kempe previously signed contract extensions as restricted free agents through September.
25. Mikey Anderson and Sean Durzi are currently a restricted free agent through September.
26. Cap Friendly shows that the L.A. Kings own approximately $1.5 million in cover space.
27. The number in question represents 15 strikers, five defenders and two goalkeepers, with two players who are expected to be in good health included in the injured reserve list. The total of 24 players is more than the assigned roster limit of 23 players.
28. Since it’s specifically for Anderson and Dorsey, the Kings will need to assign one Ontario player for each added player, as well as immediately send one player, to be a whacker.
29. Simply by setting the lowest three strokes (1F, 2D), the Kings will add $2,262,500 in cover space to sign Anderson and Dorsey. By setting a maximum of three (1F, 2D) exemptions from the exemption, the Kings will add $2,577,500 in cap space for Anderson and Durzi’s signature.
30. The Kings finished the 2021-22 season as a top-5 team for the first time since the 2013-14 season. The Kings had three regular positions over 51 percent for the season.
31. According to the Natural Stats trick, the Kings had five of the 13 best players in the NHL when it came to “rush attempts” last season.
32. Tobias Bjornfot, Arthur Kaliyev and Quinton Byfield rank in the top ten in their preliminary classes for NHL games played.
From the above information, it is all factual. Is it applicable, relevant, or useful? You to discuss in the comments!