After making his NHL debut this past season, the Los Angeles Kings and Oscar Fantenberg have agreed on a one-year contract extension for next season. His extension will be worth $650K through the 2018-19 season.
— LA Kings ⛳️ (@LAKings) May 17, 2018
Oscar Fantenberg Signs Extension With Kings
Beginning his professional career in 2009, Fantenberg played five seasons with HV71 of the Swedish Elite League. He totaled 14 goals and 47 assists in 216 games in the SHL overall. He secured a contract abroad with HC Sochi of the KHL in 2016-17. As a top pair defenseman, he contributed with three goals and 20 assists.
Fantenberg gained NHL attention afterwards and signed with the Kings as a free agent before the season. Taking part in the Kings training camp this past October, he would make the opening night roster. His NHL debut came on October 5th, in a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. He played 17 minutes in the victory.
In 27 regular season games, Fantenberg recorded two goals and seven assists. He also had 11 penalty minutes. He finished with a 47% Corsi for while registering a -4.6 relative Corsi in his first season.
Fantenberg also appeared in 25 games for the Ontario Reign of the AHL. He posted one goal and 12 assists in 25 games.
— Oscar Fantenberg (@OscarFantenberg) May 17, 2018
Top Four Minutes In The Playoffs
Despite only playing 27 games during the season, the minutes increased for Fantenberg when the playoffs came around. The most time on ice he had during a game was 18:07 in a November game against the Arizona Coyotes.
In four games against the Vegas Golden Knights, Fantenberg averaged 25:28 minutes of ice time. He would play a career-high 41:10 during a double-overtime loss in game two of the series. This had a lot to do with being paired with Drew Doughty, the Kings top defenseman.
He recorded one point in the series, along with two penalty minutes.
After sliding up the depth chart during the playoffs, Fantenberg is likely to compete to keep his spot on the Kings blueline next season.
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