An early look at a potential 2021-22 LA Kings opening night roster

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It might seem a little too early to think about a potential LA Kings 2021-22 opening night roster, but here’s why it matters.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and for LA Kings fans, this season has been more fun than expected. The team was supposed to be one more season away from contending for the playoffs. However, here we are halfway through this season, and they are still in a fight for a playoff spot – although playing the Vegas Golden Knights and the St. Louis Blues five times over the next two weeks may determine their playoff fate either way.

This season’s trade deadline of April 12th is fast approaching. The LA Kings are not expected to be buyers. Still, if the next couple of weeks do not go so well, there is potential for the team to become sellers – with names like Alex Iafallo, Andreas Athanasiou, and franchise icon Jonathan Quick creeping into the rumor mill.

It should be noted that Athanasiou is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and Iafallo will enter unrestricted free agency – even though reports indicate the Kings are very interested in bringing him back. Keep in mind, the Kings will lose one player in the expansion draft this offseason as well.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at what the LA Kings 2021-22 opening night roster could look like.