Adrian Kempe
Adrian Kempe
23-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Kings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 29th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Kempe has yet to click in the NHL, but he's still only 22 years old and has plenty of potential. Kempe has good wheels, a plus hockey IQ and a willingness to throw his body around, but up until this point, his flashes of offensive skill have been few and far between in North America -- he can dazzle on one shift, then look like a third-line grinder the next. However, he should become more consistent with experience, and with the Kings just beginning a rebuild, Kempe could still emerge as a key foundation piece for the club's future. Given the lack of established scorers on the roster beyond Anze Kopitar, that future could come as soon as 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Kings in September of 2019.
Closing in on new high in helpers
CLos Angeles Kings
April 2, 2020
Kempe's 21 assists before the hiatus tie his career high, which he set in 12 more games than he's played so far in 2019-20.
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Kempe's 32 points in 2019-20 is actually more impressive than his 37 in 2017-18, because he played for a better team that season. It's a lot easier to get to 32 points on a playoff team than one that's scored the fewest goals in the Pacific Division, and Kempe's year should be seen as a positive sign for the 23-year-old, regardless of whether he gets to finish it.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:01
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:29
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:54
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
13:20
1:07
0:05
2018–19
14:30
1:21
0:33
2019–20
16:01
2:29
0:54
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After scoring 16 goals in his first full NHL season, the 21-year-old Swede is an intriguing sleeper choice for the 2018-19 season. Kempe's 37-point season in 2017-18 was usually the type that foreshadows a breakout campaign the next year, but with Los Angeles having plenty of proven scorers, including two who play his position, a true breakout season might have to wait one more year. Still, the center should be owned in all dynasty leagues and is worth taking a flier on in deeper leagues.
The 2014 first round selected received his first taste of the NHL with a 25-game stint to finish last season and registered two goals and six points while logging just 12:14 of ice time per game. Kempe is a north-south winger with excellent speed and the frame (6-foot-2, 202 pounds) to play a power-forward game. However, he's struggled to show consistent offensive upside at the AHL level (23 goals and 48 points through 104 career games), so even if he cracks the Kings this fall, expectations should remain in check.
Kempe is a baby -- he was just two days away from being eligible for next year’s draft before declaring this past June. Yet he has not only held his own, but succeeded against grown men while playing under the great Peter Forsberg for Modo in Sweden. His all-round package is sweet -- he has well above average skills in just every category, and those skills project well to the NHL level. He’s strong on the puck, plays a physical game and back-checks like a demon. And his shot is hard, hot and heavy -- it’ll rattle a few teeth if goalies can block it. His ceiling isn’t huge, but he does have a little Gabriel Landeskog in him. He could be a 55- or 60-point, second-line guy in the NHL.
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Collects helper Wednesday
CLos Angeles Kings
March 11, 2020
Kempe registered an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Senators.
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Dishes power-play assist
CLos Angeles Kings
March 1, 2020
Kempe managed a power-play assist and three shots on goal in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
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Slides pair of helpers
CLos Angeles Kings
February 23, 2020
Kempe had two assists (one on the power play) and three shots on goal in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Oilers.
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Helps out on power play
CLos Angeles Kings
February 20, 2020
Kempe posted a power-play assist, five shots on goal, four PIM and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Panthers.
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Slings assist
CLos Angeles Kings
February 12, 2020
Kempe collected an assist and three shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Flames.
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