LA Kings Media Roundtable Part 3 – talking LWs and trades

It’s time for cut three from the annual KingsCast summer forum – aka the Kings Media Roundtable. Along with a handful of other people who cover the team, we recently spent time debating key issues currently surrounding LA’s hockey team.

In the initial video we focused on free agency, Dustin Brown’s upcoming contract and what to do with Tyler Toffoli. If you missed it, you can click here to view it now.

Part two focused exclusively on Anze Kopitar’s past, present and future. Lots of opinions were flying around.  You’ll definitely want to click here if you missed it.

Now, in part three below, the primary topics are the challenges of creating offense from the left side and the impact of the recent Jonathan Bernier trade, which brought Matt Frattin to LA.

Immediately following the Bernier-Frattin deal, GM Dean Lombardi had a lot to say about the versatile 25-year old forward, such as:

“I’ve kind of been impressed with him since his career at North Dakota…We had a very good book on him…(and) this was a guy that I actually tried to trade for two years ago when he was just coming out of school…He shows up in scoring areas. He’s got that knack of being in the right place. He’s got a great release.”

For the full interview with Lombardi, click here.

For 10 Tidbits on Frattin – including a partial scouting report and several things you may not know about him – click here.

The next segment from this year’s Roundtable discussion will post early next week.

If you’re craving even more content right now though, go back in time… click here to see cuts from the 2011 Roundtable, when we were talking power play and prospects.

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  1. Too much emphasis on putting together an idealistic top six, most notably the LW2. NOBODY has an ideal top six.

    Everyone is complaining that the Kings had such a tough time scoring last year. A lot of that can just be attributed to Kopitar’s HUGE goalless streak. Prior to last year, after acquiring Carter, we were one of the highest scoring teams in the league. As long as Kopitar returns to form, it’s not really THAT big of deal.

    I’d be more concerned with bottom 6 production, which is where Frattin can be a big help.

  2. Mike – totally agree. I don’t think this was a round table. It was just Dennis dominating with his shallow thoughts. Leave Dennis out of the next one.

  3. Jeff morgan says:

    I think many are going to be pleasantly surprised by Frattin’s production next season.

  4. I think it began with the defense. In the 2012 playoffs, teams couldn’t keep up with the Kings because their breakouts were so perfectly executed. Once Mitchell and Greene went down this year, the transition game went with them. Doughty had to work harder on defense, which made him less effective offensively, and guys like Martinez and Muzzin just weren’t ready for the increased responsibility. The Kings were forced to work much harder to win the puck in their own zone, let alone create offense, which took its toll over the long term. It goes back to the slotting issues that were solved when Carter joined the team. Players playing their correct roles allowed for fluidity throughout the entire lineup. With the problems on defense this season, it affected everyone, including the bottom-6 forwards. The problem is not the players in the lineup, it’s what happens if one or two key guys go down.

  5. KingsOfLA says:

    YES, we need more scoring!!! IMHO the problem with relying so much on D & JQ is that we play far too much in our end, not to mention the short term and long term wear on JQ…