2018-19 LA Kings roster: Nate Thompson player profile
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AXS Sports is in the process of profiling 25 Los Angeles Kings players and coaches prior to the 2018-19 season. In the 12th part of the series, it is time to profile Kings center Nate Thompson. 

Thompson was acquired by the Kings in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 14, 2018. He was traded with defenseman Dion Phaneuf for Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. 

In 2017-18, Thompson played 26 games for the Kings. He had one goal and five assists for six points. Thompson was a -1 with 10 penalty minutes, 25 shots on goal, 136 faceoff wins. 43 hits, 15 blocked shots, eight takeaways and eight giveaways.

During the season with the Senators and Kings, Thompson played 69 games, had five goals, 12 assists, 17 points. He was a -1 with 20 penalty minutes, one shorthanded goal, 53 shots on goal, 360 faceoff wins, 122 hits, 39 blocked shots, 21 takeaways and 15 giveaways. 

Thompson's lone goal with the Kings came in a 5-2 Kings win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 1, 2018. He scored at 2:48 of the second period from Christian Folin and Phaneuf. 

The Kings become Thompson's sixth NHL team. In addition to the Senators, he has played for the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks.

An NHL veteran, Thompson is entering his 12th NHL season. At age 33, he is 6'1" and 215 pounds. 

Thompson is projected to be on the Kings fourth line to start the season with Jonny Brodzinski and Trevor Lewis. To see Thompson and the Kings at the Staples Center for the 2018-19 NHL regular season, please click here.