Looking to get younger, the Kings turned to the KHL to sign Canadian dman Chris Lee to a Player Tryout contract. Oh, wait a second, Lee is 36!
“Over the course of the past four seasons, Lee has played as a member of Magnitogorsk Metallurg in the KHL. He has consistently put up strong offensive numbers, including 65 points in 60 contests this past season. In addition to that career-high point total, he put up 14 goals, also the best performance of his career.
On a whole, Lee managed 179 points in 227 games with Magnitogorsk, and won the award for Defenceman of the Year in 2011-12 with Manheim Eagles of the DEL. He is also a two-time winner of the Gagarin Cup as KHL champion. Lee brings to the table a skill set of puck movement and mobility, as well as the ability to work effectively on a power play. In a league that continues to move more towards offence from the back end, Lee appears to be a worthwhile gamble to take. Additionally, using renowned hockey statistician Rob Vollman’s conversion strategy, Lee was projected to have scored roughly 66 points in a full NHL season in 2016-17.”