LOS ANGELES — Oscar Fantenberg was averaging 15:31 of time on ice for the Kings this year forward of Thursday night’s match towards Vancouver at Staples Middle. But he is participating in considerably far more than that since the group traded fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin to Toronto in late January.
In the 6 video games since that move, Fantenberg has been on the ice for an typical of 18:40, and he’s getting complete edge of the further time. Outside of shoring up his protection, he has scored his only two ambitions of the year in his team’s past two video games – losses at Boston and Washington.
Fantenberg embraces the predicament.
“I mean, Muzz played about 20 minutes a night and guys have to get all those minutes absent, and I have been fortunate to get a couple of all those minutes,” he explained. “… I mean, it’s enjoyment to participate in a great deal, as well, and your self confidence will get superior and superior and you type of get into video games a minimal bit superior.
“I assume it’s a lot easier to participate in with far more minutes.”
Since he’s in just his second year in the NHL, Fantenberg realizes what this suggests.
“It’s a superior option for me to exhibit that I can participate in all those minutes and be a superior defenseman in the league,” Fantenberg explained at Thursday’s morning skate.
Fantenberg, 27, may possibly hardly ever turn out to be the type of scoring defenseman a player these types of as teammate Drew Doughty is. Fantenberg had two ambitions and seven helps in 27 video games in 2017-18 – his rookie year – and he has just two ambitions and one particular support in 41 video games this year.
Is he seeking to assert himself far more on the offensive stop?
“I mean, you participate in far more minutes, you’re likely to have far more options, as well, I assume,” he explained. “And we’ve been working on shooting and obtaining the puck to the net a great deal in practice.
“And I assume it’s enjoyment when it works in video games, as well.”
One thing’s specified, he wants to add far more in this regard. For superior explanation – the Kings averaged only 2.39 ambitions per match, second-worst in the league, prior to Thursday.
“I want to improve far more offensively, as well, be far more involved and make plays, shoot the puck far more and I assume that is what I have been carrying out currently,” he explained. “Luckily, it’s been working.”
Interim coach Willie Desjardins praises the participate in of Fantenberg, who has a ratio of minus-2 for the year. Taking into consideration he’s on a group that has struggled and has only a several gamers in the moreover column, that is respectable.
“I assume a minimal bit of self confidence, it’s possible a minimal bit far more,” Desjardins explained, when questioned what he’s observing from Fantenberg. “I assume we shed Muzz and then he knew he had to stage up and participate in a minimal bit far more.
“But we had self confidence in him appropriate from the begin.”
THIS AND THAT
Ahead Jeff Carter has missed the past four video games with a lower-physique harm. He is practising, and Desjardins explained he could be prepared for Saturday night’s match towards browsing Boston. … The Kings have assigned forward Jonny Brodzinski to Ontario on a conditioning assignment. Brodzinski, 24, sustained a shoulder harm throughout teaching camp and has not played a match this year. He received into 6 video games in 2016-17 and 35 this past year. … The Kings entered participate in Thursday in previous location in the Western Conference, 8 details out of a postseason berth. … Following Saturday, the Kings will complete their 3-match homestand by hosting defending Stanley Cup winner Washington on Monday at 7:30 p.m.