3 Kings With The Most To Prove In 2023-24

Not only did the Los Angeles Kings make a couple big moves, they are also set to introduce some young players into their lineup in a full-time role. There won't be much doubt that they'll make the playoffs, but getting out of the first round is their main concern now, hoping the blend of veterans and young players can get them there. This is a look at three players with a lot to prove in 2023-24 to help the team accomplish that.

Pierre-Luc Dubois

After forcing his way out of two teams, Pierre-Luc Dubois has landed in Los Angeles with a long-term contract that is arguably an overpayment. He will first have to prove that it isn't and not only put up close to a point-per-game, but also excel at both ends of the ice. That is definitely a possibility if point-per-game player Kevin Fiala is on his wing, he's not facing the toughest matchups every night with Anze Kopitar centering the first line, and with two great two-way centers to watch and learn from. It seems like a pretty favourable situation for Dubois, at least to start his tenure with the Kings, but he will have to live up to expectations.

Quinton Byfield

Quinton Byfield once again split time between the NHL and AHL last season as he struggled to produce. The Kings have since learned that he might be better suited for the wing and slotted him in on the first line where he should once again play. First line duties for the soon-to-be 20-year-old is a big responsibility and he will have to produce more than three goals and 22 points in 53 games this time around. He has slowly improved his production, but this is his opportunity to take the next step.

Tobias Bjornfot

Tobias Bjornfot got lost in the shuffle last season with the Kings and only got into 10 games after a season and a half in the NHL prior to 2022-23. The Kings made the necessary moves and cleared cap space and made room for Bjornfot to slot in on the third pairing. The 22-year-old defender will have every opportunity to succeed playing behind a strong top-four and will be able to grow alongside Brandt Clarke. Bjornfot is not exempt from waivers anymore, so he will have to prove the trust in him was well placed.

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