High expectations were thrust upon Mike Richards
since his trade to the Los Angeles Kings
from the Philadelphia Flyers
this past offseason. Justifiably so, too, as he has been an impact players since coming into the League in 2005-06.
However, until recently, the two-time 30-plus goal scorer has been in la la land in Los Angeles.
Center - LAK
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 18
SOG: 54 | +/-: 4
In his first 14 games with the Kings, Richards scored only two goals. Not exactly the kind of production most fantasy owners envisioned when they rushed to draft him.
Whatever worries you may have had ought to be brushed away, as it appears that the Richards you've grown accustomed to seeing is back.
The 26-year-old center has collected five goals in his past four games and has points in six of his past seven games. That's not all. Richards has thrown 24 shots on the cage during his recent hot streak and hasn't been a minus player, either. If you're inclined to think fluke as it related to his recent stats, then merely rely on precedence.
Not only does he have two 30-plus goal seasons on his resume, as mentioned, Richards has amassed at least 62 points in four straight seasons. Moreover, he's hasn't finished with less than 184 shots since 2007-08. Whatever the scoring category, the former first-round selection has delivered and has been a fantasy stud.
Richards appears to be feeling very comfortable in a Kings sweater these days and you will be feeling just as comfortable with your fantasy team if you're able to snag him.