4. Jonny Brodzinski
Last season stats (Ontario Reign): 59 GP, 27 G, 22 A, 49 P, 12 PIM.
Postseason stats: 5 PGP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 P, 2 PIM.
Last season stats (Los Angeles Kings): 6 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, 2 PIM.
Brodzinski is NHL ready now. He’s of an age where he needs to get his NHL time, and he’s proven himself efficiently and consistently as an NHL talent. In six NHL games last season, Jonny Brodzinksi had 2 assists and a penalty.
He’ll look to be more productive in a longer stint in the NHL this season. And it’s not like the Kings have other options. On the right side, only Tyler Toffoli is a top-six talent. There’s room for Brodzinski with Jeff Carter or Trevor Lewis, and he’s a cheaper (and likely more productive) option than Dustin Brown or Marian Gaborik. He’s also a lot younger. Let the kid play.
3. Mike Amadio
Last season stats (Ontario Reign, AHL): 68 GP, 16 G, 25 A, 41 P, 4 PIM.
Postseason stats: 5 PGP, 2 G, 0 A, 2 P, 0 PIM.
Mike Amadio stunned in the AHL after putting up great points in the OHL. He was one of very few NHL-bound players with the North Bay Battalion and earned the captaincy. In his professional level debut, Amadio put up 41 points in 68 games.
He’s probably NHL-ready if the Los Angeles Kings care about finding him a spot. He can score from a depth position and can make great plays and score great goals. The only problem is how deep the Kings currently are at center. Is Amadio better than Nick Shore or Nic Dowd? Maybe, but there’s no guarantee, at least not yet.