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Every article, I try to include a poll question for readers to vote on, then review the results from the week’s polls every weekend. It's been a while since I've done a review, but here are the poll results from the last few weeks and my thoughts on how they turned out.
QUESTION: Is Tobias Bjornfot the Kings’ best defense prospect?
Bjornot made an impact in the AHL at just 18 years old and in just a year since being drafted, he will already be pushing for a roster spot next season. He certainly seems to have the most upside of any defense prospects the Kings have and there’s not much doubt that Bjornfot will develop into a solid top-four defenseman.
QUESTION: What do you expect from the Kings in free agency?
Minor signings: 69%
Nio signings: 23%
Major signings: 8%
I have to agree with this and I think it’s a low percentage chance that the Kings even sign more than one player who will start the year in the NHL. As I’ve said, I think a veteran defenseman who could play with Drew Doughty for a year or two would be the only notable signing the Kings could make.
QUESTION: Thoughts on hiring John Wroblewski?
Like it: 79%
Don’t feel strongly either way: 17%
Don’t like it: 5%
To me, this seems like a great hire. Wroblewski has a history with successfully developing prospects and he’s already worked with Alex Turcotte before, which will certainly be a benefit for Turcotte's development.
QUESTION: Should the Kings look to trade any of their draft picks this year?
Only if a good opportunity presents itself: 41%
Considering how deep the prospect pool already is and how many picks the Kings have accumulated, I certainly think they should at least be making some calls. I don’t necessarily think they need to make a trade but they have the assets to do so.
QUESTION: What’s your NHL projection for Samuel Fagemo?
Middle-six forward: 47%
Top-six forward: 37%
Bottom-six forward: 13%
Doesn’t make/stay in the NHL: 3%
Fagemo is a really solid forward prospect for the Kings but I don’t know that I’d bet on him becoming a top-six forward. His numbers in Sweden have been solid, though a bit stagnant this season and I could see Fagemo taking on a third-line role in a few years.
QUESTION: Are you happy with Austin Wanger’s contract?
I already went over this but it’s not surprising to me to see so many people approving of the contract. They got a really good price considering the term and it has the potential to bring huge upside.
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OTHER KINGS ARTICLES FROM SEPTEMBER
Kings re-sign Carl Grundstrom and Austin Wagner
Analyzing Austin Wagner’s new contract
SHORT READ: Kings loan Carl Grundstrom