Dec 5, 2011; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Brett Connolly (14) before the game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

Should The Kings Trade For Potential Over Established Talent?

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Should the Kings trade for an up and coming prospect who’s sky is the limit, rather than an already developed NHL forward? I say it is worth a shot, but who? And what would be going the other way? Another option would be to trade an asset for a low pick in the draft, preferably a lottery pick. Then draft the type of player your looking for to add to the team, a scoring winger. This whole process can take a long time though, and the Kings are in win now mode. It is still good to look at our options for this particular scenario.

Three Options:

Nino Niederreiter 

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Niederreiter was given a 9-game trial last season with the Islanders before being returned to the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks where he overpowered the opposition and helped lead his team all the way to the WHL finals. The well-rounded power-forward can do it all. Once he fully matures and reaches his potential, his size, speed, and fearlessness on the ice will make him a force to be reckoned with. Expect him to stick in Long Island this season and eventually settle into a top-six forward role in the not too distant future. -HockeysFuture

Brett Connolly

Steve Yzerman’s decision to draft Brett Connolly following a season in which he played in just 16 games was seen as quite a gamble. Yzerman’s intuition paid off in 2010-11 as Connolly’s skill was on full display; the 6’2 center registered 73 points in 59 games for the Prince George Cougars. Not a typical playmaking center, Connolly has a great shot and ability to put the puck in the net. He has added size since being drafted and weighs in at 203 lbs. The forward developed into a more complete player, but still needs to make some adjustments in the defensive zone before becoming a high-end forward. Even with his production last season, he was dogged by hip problems, so injuries will remain a concern until he can put together a complete and healthy season. -HockeysFuture

Chris Kreider

Now in his third season with the Boston College Eagles, Kreider is a power forward with excellent speed and good hands. Kreider was drafted out of high school by the New York Rangers, and since that time has played in the World Junior Championships for the United States, as well as the Men’s World Championships. This is expected to be Kreider’s final season with the Eagles, after which he will compete for an NHL roster spot next fall.

 

How available would each of these forwards be? Probably not very available. If  any of them were to be available would you take a chance on one? What do you believe the price to be? What would you give up?

I think any of these prospects would require a very valuable asset from the Kings. Probably any deal centered around Kings top prospect Tyler Toffoli. What are your thoughts?

 

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