Player evaluation: Preissing

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TOM PREISSING

This season: 77 games, 8 goals, 16 assists, minus-6 rating.

Positives: With Preissing’s game, it’s all a matter of expectation. He’s not the fastest or the strongest or the biggest, but he manages to play a solid, responsible game for the most part. Any team expecting Preissing to log huge minutes or play the point on the power play is going to end up disappointed, but in a defined role, he’s a solid veteran.

Negatives: A relative lack of size and strength will always hold Preissing back. At age 29, it’s hard to see Preissing ever evolving into a top-flight defenseman or a reliable power-play contributor.

Looking ahead: Preissing is a solid fourth or fifth defenseman, and not a bad player at the price the Kings have locked him up at. The problem is the Kings need better defensemen around him, so that his ice time can be managed better and his mistakes aren’t magnified.

Contract situation: Signed through 2010-11 (cap number of $2.75 million next season).

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