LA Kings: Three ways team can exceed 2021 projected points

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2. LA Kings have a young player make a significant leap in production

The LA Kings are in the midst of a youth movement with a few key veterans left from their Stanley Cup runs. Several new faces will be cracking the lineup as everyday players, and the team will need a young – or a couple of younger – player to take the next step in 2021. Blake Lizotte surprised a lot of folks last year, cracking the Opening Night roster and finished with six goals and 17 assists in 65 games.

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He’ll be linemates with Jeff Carter this season, and the duo combined for a 59.7 expected-goals-for percentage last season. Lizotte’s speed and stick handling skills make him an intriguing asset, one that could potentially eclipse the 30-point total from the third line, again, prorated because of the shortened schedule. Other guys that could step up include Gabe Vilardi, Samuel Fagemo, Lias Andersson, and Carl Grundstrom. The LA Kings bottom-six forwards will have a big say in whether the team exceeds their projected totals.