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    Quote Originally Posted by jgs View Post
    Kempe doesn't look like he has it to become what is expected of him. All he has is speed but terrible at shooting the puck.
    He's thinking too much. The kid just needs to play, and that means moving him out of the center role, put him on the wing. Less for him to worry about.

    Quote Originally Posted by Goon Squad View Post
    Ugh. I have to admit I was probably wrong about Kempe at center. I always hoped they'd give him a good opportunity there, but he's just not clicking. Some of it is not having center IQ, and a lot of it is not having reliable veteran support.
    That's why you put him on the wing. He doesn't have to sweat as much of the defensive responsibility.
    at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.

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    From the moment he was drafted I always viewed him as a winger. Our lack of center depth forced the Kings to move him to center. I can see why some on here and why the coaching staff saw him as a center, but I always thought he wasn't one to push to play and always saw him as a support player. I know there were many quotes from the writers thinking that Kempe would be better suited for the NHL rather than the AHL so he can play with better players, but its obviously not working right now. What I think is that Kempe needs to play next a reliable player like Shore or Lewis for now. We can't expect him to provide offense while also being reliable defensively when playing next to Cammalleri and Dowd. There's a lot to like about him, but he's getting inside his own head too much. And we still need to remember he only just turned 21 last month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crockett77 View Post
    Simmer was a scorer in the AHL. But he would be brought up, placed on the 3rd line, not score and be sent down.

    In the 5 partial season in the minors he played 254 or so games with 261 points, 122-139.

    Kempe was far from the type of scorer in the minors that Simmer was in the minors.
    I was actually referring to the Iafallo part of that post, not Kempe.

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    I always wondered why some posters on here were adamant on developing him at center (and now why the staff is, too). Even though I rarely saw him play, his scouting reports never really screamed "center", including the fact that throughout his youth career he mostly played winger and was described as primarily a winger. I always envisioned him as a potentially very good gritty forechecking winger with decent enough scoring potential to be a 2nd/3rd winger and a PK specialist with ability to score some SHGs. Kind of like a Lewis with more scoring, but less smarts.

    Now it seems that his ceiling, if he doesn't figure out the smarts at all, will be a 3rd/4th line checking winger that creates some havoc and opportunities on the offensive end. But a winger nonetheless. That comment about square peg, round hole is quite spot on. It's a waste of talent. If nothing else, a decent 3rd/4th line center is not that difficult or costly to acquire via trade/free agency, and a 1st/2nd line center is not yet a need for the Kings and may not be for quite some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivehole32 View Post
    So Kempe is Craig Johnson?
    Until I accidentally piss on his shoe in a drunken stupor at a FF, no. He isn't Craig Johnson.
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    Well, Ill just point out that when Iafallo was Kempe's age he was an undrafted collegian about to embark on his second consecutive 8 goal campaign.

    That said, the penalties are a sign that Kempe is overmatched right now. I also don't think playing with Cammalleri is helping since he looks like an anchor on that line. Anyway, they need to do something with AK whether its scratch, move to wing, or send down. It's one thing not to score its another to not score and take stupid penalties.

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    Kempe Dowd Brodzinksi

    Waive or Scratch Cammaleri

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bollocks View Post
    I always wondered why some posters on here were adamant on developing him at center (and now why the staff is, too). Even though I rarely saw him play, his scouting reports never really screamed "center", including the fact that throughout his youth career he mostly played winger and was described as primarily a winger. I always envisioned him as a potentially very good gritty forechecking winger with decent enough scoring potential to be a 2nd/3rd winger and a PK specialist with ability to score some SHGs. Kind of like a Lewis with more scoring, but less smarts.

    Now it seems that his ceiling, if he doesn't figure out the smarts at all, will be a 3rd/4th line checking winger that creates some havoc and opportunities on the offensive end. But a winger nonetheless. That comment about square peg, round hole is quite spot on. It's a waste of talent. If nothing else, a decent 3rd/4th line center is not that difficult or costly to acquire via trade/free agency, and a 1st/2nd line center is not yet a need for the Kings and may not be for quite some time.
    I liked him at Center primarily for the same reason I like Carter as a center-- the skating ability. If you have a guy with great wheels like that, you'd like to put them to full use. Especially on a slower team like the Kings. Furthermore, I think Kempe played wing when he was first called up. And to my eyes during that time he looked tentative going into the corners for the puck. So center seemed like a better fit to use his skating and skill rather than banging in the corners.

    That said, Kempe as a center is not going well at present. I would be willing to shift him to the wing. Maybe he and Dowd can play on the same line and the Kings can sort out which one is a center and which is a winger.

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    He drives into the zone and doesn't have wing support because his entries are 2x-3x faster then his counter parts guys. That's not his fault.
    He's bewildered because he's broken the defense entered the zone and is ALL ALONE without teammates, he needs some guys that can beat him to the net when he breaks across the blue line.
    As mentioned having him on wing would Lewis / Shore would be good, those guys grind, can retrieve the puck and are defensively sound (except for in OT)

    It's a bit early but I certainly get a Justin Williams vibe from Iafallo. Just a super heady hockey player, sneaky, witty and like Williams when he was younger he's got some wheels on him.

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    Default Iafallo is everything Kempe isn't

    I'm guessing people weren't too enthusiastic over a 21 year-old Iafallo playing in the NHL.

    Kempe needs to improve a lot, yes, but let's regain some perspective when comparing the two.

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