As the regular season inches closer, day by day, the time has come to predict and begin to take a look at what the Caps and their fans can expect from each player on the roster. Today's player is "figher" DJ King, who will begin his second season in the organization in the fall.
Recap of Last Season: King proved to be pretty much useless last season, as he only played 16 games and only registered two points. He was a minus player, he rarely fought when he did get a chance to play, and he was just bad. Kinger was even waived after the trade deadline, but no one claimed him (SUPRISE!). For my full post-season analysis of King's 2010-11, click here.
Expectations for this Season: Unless almost every single prospect worth a sniff in the Caps' organization drops dead between now and the end of the season, when King's contract expires, he's not going to play very much, if at all. King is almost surely going to get waived again and if he goes unclaimed again, you have to think he is behind Cody Eakin and Mattias Sjogren for playing time. When and if he does play, you're not going to get much: the occasional fight, maybe a point. That's it. DC really has no use for him anymore, and it stinks that the Caps had to give up Stefan Della Rovere to get him.
Playing Time: Fourth line; press box; Hershey. There is no way that King sees time any higher than the fourth line, and even if he makes the lineup, he won't take a regular shift with that line. He'll spend most of his time in the press box and may even get sent to Hershey.
Projections: 7 GP, 0 G, 1 A, -2 rating, 5:05 ATOI.
The next season preview will feature Jeff Halpern.