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.
Responds well to scratch
CLos Angeles Kings
November 15, 2019
Kempe scored a goal on three shots in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Red Wings.
Kempe was a healthy scratch versus the Wild on Tuesday, but the Swede didn't let that discourage him. Kempe scored the game-tying goal Thursday with 1:48 left in the third period. He's up to five points and 34 shots on goal in 18 appearances this year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Snaps goal drought on power play
CLos Angeles Kings
October 30, 2019
Kempe notched a power-play goal, two PIM and two hits in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Canucks.
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Seeing ice time remain steady
CLos Angeles Kings
October 29, 2019
Kempe has been averaging just over 15 minutes on the ice per game but is still searching for his first goal.
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Gathers assist
CLos Angeles Kings
October 13, 2019
Kempe posted an assist in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Notches assist
CLos Angeles Kings
October 8, 2019
Kempe posted an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Flames.
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Inks three-year deal
CLos Angeles Kings
September 4, 2019
Kempe put pen to paper on a three-year, $6 million contract with Los Angeles on Wednesday.
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