This season: 53 games, 4 goals, 8 assists, minus-8 rating.
Positives: Never to be confused with a dynamic goal scorer, Willsie is at his best when he’s playing a defense-first, energy-line role. His strong work ethic and responsible two-way play give him value, and he didn’t complain when often made a healthy scratch.
Negatives: Showed some goal-scoring potential early in his career, but it never really materialized. Willsie is solid at several aspects of the game, but not really spectacular at any one thing. That makes him versatile but not particularly valuable.
Looking ahead: Willsie has probably run his course with the Kings, but should be able to find an energy-line role with a NHL team. He’s good around the net, but won’t attract significant attention unless he finds a way to put more pucks in nets.
Contract situation: Unrestricted free agent.