Welcome Fake Chris Kontos from The Royal Half. Not only are we big fans of his site but he was probably our most successful blogger in last year's BB. He picked the breakouts for both Anze Kopitar and Jon Quick... not too shabby. Was he lucky or good? We'll see this year.
The Royal Half has also extended a special invitation to FHS readers to join the Brian Willsie Invitational Classic... it's a fantasy league where you try to draft the worst team possible. It will be great for you Leafs fans as you'll finally be able to own some of your favourite players.
We asked Chris nine fantasy related questions about the Kings and the NHL in general. Follow the jump to read his answers...
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Q1) Kings Breakout of the Year?
This may finally be the season that people see why defenseman Jack Johnson was drafted 3rd overall in the 2005 Entry Draft. Over the past 4 years, the man they call JMFJ has excited Kings fans with his offensive potential… and frustrated fans with his bonehead defensive decisions. Last season, stay-at-home defenseman Rob Scuderi skated with Drew Doughty and was a big factor in his offensive explosion. This season, Scuderi will be skating on the 2nd pair with Johnson and should be able to cover for Jack when he steps up into the play. Plus, Johnson and Doughty will be the go-to guys for the point on the Power Play, something Coach Terry Murray tried for the first time during the playoffs last year… resulting in an amazing 35% during their 6 game series with Vancouver. If Jack doesn’t have the breakout season that Kings fans have been waiting for… you can pretty much guarantee he’ll be on his way out of Los Angeles, as his contract is expiring this season.
Brian Boyle. Matt Moulson. Teddy Purcell. For the last 3 seasons, the 2nd line Left Winger position has been handed in pre-season to a young Kings forward for them to lose… and each time it was lost. Scott "Scooter" Parse continues this tradition by skating on the 2nd line with Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams. Not exactly the 2nd line that Stanley Cup Championships are made of. But in 59 games last season, primarily on the 4th line, Parse put together a decent enough run of 11 goals, 13 assists and even a +13. At 26, he’s one of the more seasoned young players on the Kings (and has the best smile on the team) and this just might be the opportunity he needs to prove himself as a daily Top 6 NHL’er. But if Parse falters, like those that have come before him, god help the Kings Secondary Scoring. In fact, even with Scott Parse, god help the Kings Secondary Scoring.
Q3) Breakdown Player on the Kings?
Jarret Stoll is primed for the biggest breakdown on the Kings. The Kings have two of the best 3rd line centers in the league in Jarret Stoll and Michal Handzus. But Stoll hasn’t been a true 2nd line center since his 68 points in 2005-2006 as a member of the Oilers. Even though he’ll start off in a great opportunity to gain some points as the 2nd line center, he just isn’t built for it and Stoll will fall back to centering the 3rd or 4th line as the season continues on.
Q4) League-Wide Breakout of the Year?
Alexander Frolov. The dude is going to score 40 goals skating with Gaborik in New York. And Rangers fans will still question his work ethic.
Q5) Who are your First Five Picks in a Fantasy Draft?
Alex Ovechkin, Sydney Crosby, Ryan Miller, Steve Stamkos and yes, Drew Doughty.
Dan Ellis. Tampa Bay will be the team everyone is talking about and Dan Ellis will get the majority of the work, especially with Mike Smith injured.
Q7) Taylor or Tyler?
Neither. Brayden Schenn.
The Washington Capitals. But the Kings will take them to 7 games.
BONUS) How long until Bernier is the starter in LA??
Unless Jon Bernier can score from the slot, he’ll be on the bench for the start of the season. Coach Murray has gone out of his way to state that Jon Quick is the #1 goalie in Los Angeles but Kings fans have already made up their minds. Watch Quick give up a goal during pre-season and Kings fans scream it was a soft goal. Watch Bernier give up the exact same goal and Kings fans scream that it was a tough angle. Low save percentage aside, Jon Quick did win 39 games and with a reduced workload, he can bring those save percentage and goals against numbers up. But if Quick stumbles out of the gate… by the trading deadline Bernier will be the main guy in goal and Quick will be on his way out of town for some help in the scoring department.
Thanks to The Royal Half. Definitely go and check out his site... even if you're not a Kings fan we guarantee you'll be entertained.