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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. Here are this week’s poll results and my thoughts on how they turned out.
QUESTION: How many games do you think Kurtis MacDermid will play with the Kings next season?
30-50 games: 40%
10-30 games: 36%
More than 50 games: 14%
Less than 10 games: 9%
I’m not a big fan of MacDermid but based on how young the left side of Los Angeles’ defense group could be next year, he’s bound to get into some games. I am hoping that he doesn’t play in more than about 30 games, however.
QUESTION: What's your prediction for Trevor Moore next season?
In and out of the lineup: 54%
Permanent spot: 34%
Spare forward, plays infrequently: 12%
I like Trevor Moore but he’ll be facing some competition for a spot in the lineup. He's still quite young and it would be great to see what he can do with a permanent spot, but like many readers voted, I doubt that he'll get one.
QUESTION: What's your prediction for Nikolai Prokhorkin next season?
In and out of the lineup: 56%
Spare forward, plays infrequently: 24%
Permanent spot: 20%
Like Moore, Prokhorkin is probably good enough to have a permanent spot in the lineup but may not get one, based on the number of players battling for ice time. I also see him bouncing between the bottom-six and the press box.
QUESTION: How many games do you think Jonathan Quick will play next season?
40-50 games: 66%
Less than 40 games: 19%
More than 50 games: 16%
Considering his age and the direction the Kings are going, 40-50 games seems like a good range for Quick. He can split time with Cal Petersen in order to provide some stability, while the team can also transition to a younger starter.
QUESTION: Do you think Matt Roy would be capable of taking on a larger role with the Kings next season?
We don’t know what Roy’s ceiling is, but there’s no reason to believe he can’t take on a larger role. He had an excellent rookie season and all signs point to him being a quality defenseman for a long time to come.
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OTHER KINGS ARTICLES FROM JULY
Reviewing the season: Matt Roy
Reviewing the season: Jonathan Quick
Reviewing the season: Nikolai Prokhorkin
Reviewing the season: Trevor Moore
Reviewing the season: Kurtis MacDermid
Reviewing this week's polls (July 11): Kings Edition
Reviewing the season: Matt Luff
Reviewing the season: Blake Lizotte
Reviewing the season: Trevor Lewis