He may not be known as the most consistent member of the Los Angeles Kings but in 2013-14, Dwight King achieved career highs in each offensive category. In 77 games this past season (another career high), King scored 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points to go along with a +16 rating. Then, he achieved career highs in the playoffs in assists (8) and points (11) en route to earning his second Stanley Cup ring in three years. It's no wonder why GM Dean Lombardi signed the big man to a new three-year contract this summer.
For someone who stands at 6' 3 and 234 pounds, it would be easy to assume that Dwight King would spend a lot of his time on the ice mixing it up with the opposition. Not so. Despite dishing out 114 hits, King, who just turned 25 last month, racked up only 11 penalty minutes all season. At 15:02, King's average ice time per game was decent plus he fired a total of 111 shots on goal - enough to keep opposing netminders on their toes.
In the playoffs, King was just as instrumental as he was when Los Angeles won their first Cup in 2012.
In addition to his three goals and eight assists this past spring, Dwight King earned a +5 rating but his shot rate dropped from the regular season as he only fired 32 shots on goal over the course of 26 games. His average ice time decreased slightly to 14:56 while his disciplined lacked a bit more than the regular season, notching 20 penalty minutes. But that was really it when it came to the negative side of Dwight King's game this past spring. He was also a physical force, churning out 63 hits.
There are plenty of times during the regular season and even the playoffs where fans will scratch their head and wonder where Dwight King is. Then again, they can do the same thing in regards to other Kings as well. But if I have learned anything from Dwight King, it's that, when he's on, he's on. The only concern is that he's not on all the time. With that said, however, King did post great numbers this past season as he achieved, as already mentioned, career highs in every offensive category.
With a new contract and a raise to boot, it will be interesting to see how Dwight King fares in Los Angeles for the 2014-15 season and beyond. Of course, in all honesty, I don't expect anything different from Los Angeles's No. 74. More consistency would be nice but overall, there are no major complaints about the big man.
Overall grade for Dwight King: B+