30-Year-Old Center – Los Angeles Kings
Trevor Lewis Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $8 million contract extension with the Kings in June of 2016.
Lewis scored his ninth goal of the season in Saturday's loss to Vancouver.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Lewis is never going to be much of a scorer as his six goals last year set a career high. But he's an effective penalty killer for the Kings and has earned a regular spot in the lineup. He'll continue to fill a bottom-six role for the Kings.
Lewis has failed to live up to the promise as the 17th overall pick back in 2006. He did have 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 48 games last season in a mostly checking role for the Kings, but that's clearly his upside. He'll be back in a bottom-six role again for the Kings.
Lewis isn't much of a threat at the offensive end (3 G, 4 A in 72 games) but seemed to embrace the role of a grittty third-line winger under coach Darryl Sutter. He figures to open camp on Jarret Stoll's line after clicking with him during the playoffs but figures to have to fend off some other forwards who could fill a similar role but offer more upside at the offensive end.
Lewis got a taste of the NHL life in his first extended exposure last season and responded with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 72 games. He'll give the Kings a versatile skater on the penalty kill and has some offensive skills, but won't see enough ice time in an offensive role to be of much value to your fantasy squad.
Lewis bounced around between LA and the AHL last year before a shoulder injury cut his season short. He did manage nine points in 16 playoff games for Manchester and that may have opened up enough eyes to get him another look this season. He'll likely bounce in and out of the lineup when he's with the Kings and doesn't offer much fantasy upside.
Lewis registered 51 points (20 G, 31 A) in his second full year in the AHL but he'll have a hard time cracking the Kings' lineup.
One of a myriad of young offensive prospects for the Kings, Lewis has struggled since hitting the AHL. A 12-16-28 line in 76 games will certainly get you bypassed in a system as deep as the Kings and it's time to start turning potential into production. He'll be heavily counted on at Manchester in the AHL and needs a big season to regain some of his prospect shine.
One of the top prospects in the Kings farm system is expected to be with Manchester of ANHL full-time this season after getting a taste of Kings farm team last season. He was one of the top five scorers in the OHL last season with 73 points in 62 games
He most likely will get another year of seasoning in the minors before he gets his shot to make the team.
Lewis was eligible for 2005 NHL Entry Draft but like so many young men, he went away heartbroken when he was overlooked by every single team. Determined to prove everyone wrong, Lewis put in an phenomenal year in the USHL and saw his stock explod with 75 points in just 56 games. He also picked a host of awards this past season, culminating with the U.S. junior player of the year award. He has electric feet and intimidates with his speed, and he has the rare ability to change direction at top speed without losing a step. He's a long way off but he could turn out to be a pretty nice scorer in the NHL.