The Los Angeles Kings have sent another prospect back overseas, loaning Jacob Moverare to SaiPa in Finland’s top league. Moverare has spent the last two seasons playing for Frolunda HC, but there was recently a ruling blocking short-term loans to the SHL without a previous contract (that’s why there have been so many loans to Allsvenskan, the Swedish second league).
Moverare, 22, had an outstanding stint with Frolunda, twice winning the Champions League title and taking home the SHL Championship in 2019. The big defenseman experienced a breakout in the 2019 playoffs and carried that strong play through this season, recording 19 points in 51 games.
A fourth-round draft pick by the Kings in 2016, Moverare is actually heading into the final season of his entry-level contract with Los Angeles and will be a restricted free agent in the 2021 offseason. While he still hasn’t suited up for a single NHL game, it does look like a roster spot with the Kings is in his future. In fact, he could potentially grab a spot for the 2020-21 season if the team decides to recall him from SaiPa when things get underway.
Unfortunately, it’s not clear when exactly that will be. As Frank Seravalli of TSN explains on Twitter, “hardly anyone” believes the season will be starting in early December as planned.