Trevor Lewis has made himself valuable player for Kings
EL SEGUNDO — Trevor Lewis is a forward for the Kings. But he seems to understand he is likely never going to be that guy who scores 50 goals, so he has gone about making himself as valuable as possible.
Actually, that quest began when he was still in the minor leagues.
“I think my first year at Manchester (of the AHL), I tried to play more of a skill game. And then I realized, that to come up to the next level, you’ve gotta really focus on the little things and make sure if you do get called up, the coach can put you out there in all situations,” Lewis said.
“And I think my first year, I kind of realized that maybe I’m not going to be a so-called skill guy. And I really tried to focus on, like I said, penalty killing and just being a defensive-reliable forward. And I think that was a big focus of mine; still is. I still take pride in that area a lot.”
Lewis admitted, in the back of his mind, he always thought he could score more. But he does have a career-high 13 goals this season, and he showed his offensive ability Saturday when he scored a short-handed goal — his second of the season — during the Kings’ 6-0 victory over Arizona.
It was a breakaway, and Lewis faked right and scored to the left.
“He really sold that shot,” coach John Stevens said. “He flashed the blade and got the goalie to kind of lock up a little bit and then made his move.”
Not only does Lewis play penalty-kill, he has one goal and one of his nine assists on the power play. Stevens has high praise for him.
“He’s just a guy that you love everything he does,” said Stevens, whose Kings (28-19-5, […]