With the playoffs out of reach, and the LA Kings stuck in limbo between tearing down the team and securing the future, Thursday was a microcosm of their season.
Hagelin’s short stint
The day started out with yet another trade. The Kings traded forward Carl Hagelin to the Washington Capitals. In return, the Capitals sent their 2019 third round pick and their 2020 sixth round pick.
The Kings traded for Hagelin earlier in the season, which sent Tanner Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hagelin was brought in to improve the team on offense, but was always a candidate to be dealt because of his expiring contract.
Hagelin’s arrival did little improve the Kings. He immediately picked up an injury only appeared in 22 games and scored one goal.
In exchange for forward Carl Hagelin, the LA Kings have acquired a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Washington Capitals.https://t.co/FL1N3nT32z
— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 21, 2019
Stockpiling for the future
With the trade, the Kings now have 10 draft picks for the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft. They have the option of using them to stock up their developmental roster or package them in off-season trades. The front office does deserve some credit here as they have the assets to make positive changes or secure the future.
The Kings stayed busy Thursday night, as they took on the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena.
In familiar fashion, the Kings went down early, got back into the game late, came tantalizingly close to tying things up, and ultimately lost.
Their 2-1 loss was the Kings sixth straight defeat. During the losing streak, the Kings so far, have given up 24 goals and have four one goal losses.
In their loss to the Predators, the Kings gave up a a power play goal to a Predators team that is 30th in the league right behind the 29th ranked Kings. They wasted another strong effort by Jonathan Quick who stopped 28 shots, and they could do no better than a late goal in the third period by Michael Amadio.
Dustin Brown summed up the team in their present state:
“I don’t question anybody’s work ethic, we’re just not good enough right now.”
Brown is right the Kings are just not good enough and Kings fans should be ready for more changes as the season slogs along.