Colorado Avalanche Rumors: Analyzing the LA Kings as Trade Partners

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Adrian Kempe

Adrian Kempe is a solid player, and he has a lot of potential to be another good two-way top six winger. He is currently playing for the Kings’ AHL affiliate, and I imagine he is one of the players the Avs are “heavily” scouting in the AHL.

He has yet to take off offensively with any sort of consistency, but he’s only in his second full pro season, and he’s only twenty years old.

Kempe also had two back-to-back outstanding U20 World Junior showings in 2014-15 and 2015-16, notching 8 points in each tournament and topping the point-per game pace.

He is tenacious on the forecheck, isn’t afraid to drive the net and is not shy about using his body. Witness this hat trick of his in the AHL, he’s got a pretty good shot:

And here is driving the net hard for two goals in the Calder Cup Finals in 2014-15, the year he played 17 playoff games and had eight goals and nine points:

He’s definitely a goal scorer, but he gets a lot of his goals by playing around the net, and driving the net hard. He’s also defensively sound, and would be another great addition to the Avs as a two-way forward.