Projections: 56 GP, 11.2 G, 17.3 A, 28.5 PTS
Alex Iafallo is entering a contract year. The undrafted free-agent signed out of Minnesota-Duluth had his best season last year as he continues to get more comfortable playing on the LA Kings top line, scoring 17 goals and 43 points in 70 games. Head coach Todd McLellan noted the 27-year-old has been one of the best players in training camp, as he [Iafallo] looks to transition into more of a leadership role this season.
“It’s important to help them out. And, you know, make sure that we’re infusing the young guys and, and helping all the young guys out to get to their next level and to improve their skills. So, you know, me myself and along with another second core guy, a couple of guys is going to be huge, and it’s going to help push the pace for us.”
Keep in mind that Iafallo’s first three seasons were all under different head coaches. Now in year two of Todd McLellan’s system, Iafallo should settle in and be able to move forward rather than continuously learning new X’s and O’s. And while it’s difficult to build on momentum 300 days apart, Alex Iafallo tallied five points in the LA Kings final six games of the 19-20 season.