The Los Angeles Kings have acquired left wing Brendan Lemieux from the New York Rangers in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in 2021.
Entering the day, the Kings had two fourth round picks in 2021. We have confirmed, this trade involves the LA pick, not the Calgary pick (acquired when Derek Forbort went to the Flames).
Lemieux, the son of former NHL forward Claude Lemieux (who is now his agent), was originally selected in the 2nd round of the 2014 NHL Draft by Buffalo. As a junior player, he was with the OHL’s Barrie Colts for three years before being traded to the Windsor Spitfires for his final season — where he was teammates with Gabe Vilardi.
After turning pro, Lemieux spent two years in the AHL before his first full NHL season with Winnipeg in 2018-19.
In his two most recent seasons with the New York Rangers, Lemieux posted 18 pts (6G, 12A) in 59 GP last year — as well as 111 PIM — and had 7 pts (2G, 5A) in 31 GP in 2021.
This trade will add something to the Kings roster they’ve been lacking among their forward group — a physical, gritty, in your face style.
LA currently has 4-6 players in the bottom of their current lineup that don’t have much grit. This provides them with some different options with line combos. It could also allow coach Todd McLellan to have a physical presence in his lineup without playing Kurtis MacDermid on defense.
McLellan also loves his power plays, and Lemieux is pretty good at drawing penalties out of the opposition.
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) March 27, 2021
One scout with a Canadian market team has positive things to share with us about the trade, noting that Lemieux has “calmed down” quite a bit from a few years ago and referred to him as a “great straight line skater.”
With COVID protocols, team officials tell us they don’t expect to have Lemieux available for most likely seven days. They’re awaiting official word from the league on the timing. He could possibly be available as early as the Kings game on Saturday, March 3 vs San Jose. More likely, Lemieux would be available for the game on Monday, March 5 vs. Arizona.
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) March 28, 2021
The 25-year-old winger is signed for one more season at an AAV of $1.55M. He’ll be an RFA in the summer of 2022.
He has worn jersey No. 48 throughout his 162 games played in the NHL with both Winnipeg and New York.
Lemieux would need to be protected or exposed in the upcoming Settle Expansion Draft. We took at look at which players the Kings are likely looking to protect here.
In an interesting tidbit, former Kings forward Warren Rychel traded for Lemieux during his very successful run as an OHL General Manager. More with Rychel is linked below, where he talked about several of the Kings current prospects, as well as shared some memories from his time in LA.
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