You want speed? You want skill? You want offense?
You got Kevin Fiala.
“I think I’m a fast player that is offensive, can pass the puck, can score goals and yeah, I hope I can show some defense as well.”
When the Kings acquired forward Kevin Fiala earlier this summer, they hoped they would be acquiring a difference maker, a missing piece of the puzzle at the forward position. While the organization took great strides during the 2021-22 season, moving from a cellar dwellar to a playoff team, there were still holes to be filled this offseason, notably in the goalscoring department offensively.
Enter Fiala, who was acquired from the Minnesota Wild in a big offseason deal. Coming off of a season at over a point-per-game pace, expectations will be set high for the newest member of the Kings. Immediately after the trade, Fiala committed his future to the Kings, signing a seven-year extension, sight unseen.
Sight unseen from a hockey perspective, that is. Fiala did share that he is familiar with the area at least from a visiting perspective.
When he was drafted, Fiala’s agent was based in Los Angeles and Fiala recalls a week spent out in Southern California – one which he never wanted to leave. He and his wife visited Los Angeles last offseason, before the season started, and left with Southern California as a premier destination should the opportunity ever arise to call it home.…