It’s not entirely fair to say that it was a shot in the dark when the Kings called up Dwight King from the AHL on Feb. 10, but it’s not terribly far from reality either. King had 11 goals in 50 games with the Manchester Monarchs when he and Jordan Nolan drove down to join the Kings in New York, after Jarret Stoll was put on injured reserve. So far, both have exceeded expectations. Nolan has become a regular on the fourth line while King has been able to be a regular winger for Mike Richards on the second line. King has five goals and eight assists in 25 games. That would project to a 16-goal season, not bad for a still-developing 22-year-old winger.
KING: “Obviously everybody wants to improve and get better and get a chance to play in the NHL. I’m obviously happy to be here and get the opportunity, and it’s going well so far. I’ve been playing with great players, so that has kind of helped me along. So far, so good.’’