Number one: Jaret Andreson-Dolan
Drafted in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Jaret Anderson-Dolan is a hard-working two-way center. Playing his junior hockey for the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, some thought Anderson-Dolan might be a potential second-line center.
While that is most likely a bit of an overly ambitious projection given the Kings depth at center, he could still serve the team well as a bottom-six forward with a scorer’s touch.
Jaret-Anderson Dolan is currently on the Kings taxi squad. He spent last season with the team’s AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign. He played in 53 games, posting 8 goals and 20 assists. Although he was a -3 overall, the Reign overall was a work in progress defensively.
Then Ontario coach Mike Stothers trusted the young center in all situations, and he has been especially recognized for his leadership qualities. Anderson-Dolan had brief stints with the Kings in 2018-19 and 2019-20, but the time has come for him to be given a prolonged chance to prove he belongs on the team.