His first stint with the Los Angeles Kings was an uneventful. In six games early in 2010-11 season, Dwight King failed to register a single point. With that said, it’s hard to blame the former Lehtbridge Hurricane. After all, he was thrown onto the top line immediately as then-coach Terry Murray just didn’t seem to know what he was doing. This year was a different story, a better story.

 

King finished 2010-11 in Manchester where scored 24 goals and added 28 assists in 72 with the Monarchs. After 11 goals and 18 assists in 50 games with the Monarchs this season, the Kings decided to give the now-23-year-old another look – and King never looked back.

 

Judging him on his performance a season earlier with the Kings, I was a tad skeptical about Dwight Kings’ second tour of duty with the big club. I needn’t had worried. In 27 regular season games in 2011-12, the native of Meadowlake, Saskatchewan, scored five goals, added nine assists and was a +3. Over that stretch, he recorded 42 shots and averaged 14:38 of ice time per night.

 

Like fellow call-up Jordan Nolan, King wasn’t afraid to use his 6’3, 227-pound frame to his advantage as he dished out 53 hits along the way. King even added to the carnage in the post-season by delivering 37 hits.

 

Also in the playoffs, King scored another five goals (two of which were game-winners), helped out with three assists, was a +3 and wasn’t afraid to drop the gloves either. Now, fresh off a new contract extension, Dwight King will, for the first time in his career, beginning the season with the big club.

 

He was a pleasant surprise from a season earlier and now Dwight King looks like he might be here to stay. As amazing as this spring’s playoff run was, Mr. King was a huge factor and he has not gone unappreciated.

 

 

 

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