2014/15 Season Preview – Los Angeles Kings

2013/14 Season Record – 6th in Western Conference, 3rd in Pacific Division

W

L OT PTS

GOAL DIFF.

46 28 8 100

+32

2013/14 Season Recap

Obviously this was a team who knew how to work together and compensate for each weakness. They were a well put together team that was able to play hard, work through obstacles and in the end hoist the Stanley Cup over their heads as the last team standing.

Projected Roster

LW C RW
Marion Gaborik Anze Kopitar Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson Jeff Carter Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King Jarret Stoll Justin Williams
Kyle Clifford Mike Richards Trevor Lewis

 

LD RD
Jake Muzzin Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez Matt Greene

 

G
Jonathan Quick
Martin Jones

 

EXTRAS
Jordan Nolan
Brayden McNabb

 Top Call-Up Options

Forward Jordan Weal
Defense Brayden McNabb
Goal Jean-Francois Berube

 Top Prospects

1. Tanner Pearson
2. Brayden McNabb
3. Jordan Weal

Key Additions

  • Adam Cracknell (RW)
  • David Van der Gulik (RW)

Key Subtractions

  • Willie Mitchell (D)
  • Andrew Campbell (D)

Roster Thoughts

Forwards:

The Kings have solid players who provide depth and passion for the game. There is a depth there that keeps them from floundering when they come up against adversity. It is hard to single out one or two forwards as the ones to watch when the team has excelled at coming together as a unified front that is difficult to crack.

Defense:

The defensemen fully understand their roles on the team and are willing to put body and soul on the line to keep rebounds to a minimum and their goalie fully covered. They are able to move up into the play and make things happen and this gives the forwards more options when creating plays.

Goal:

Jonathan Quick is a strong goalie who has proven that he can win in intense situations. As long as Quick remains healthy and focused, the Kings will have a strong presence in goal throughout the season and into the playoffs.

Key Player

Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown will both be key players, as will Jonathan Quick. These three players need to fully embrace a leadership role within the club. They will need to lead by example both on the ice and in the locker room. They play well and understand their roles in key situations, now they need to show that they have matured into the team leaders that the younger players will look to throughout the season.

2014/15 Expectations

They should be able to produce another solid season with veteran players who understand the pressures of playoff games. They have already shown that as a team, they can remain level-headed and still be an intense competitor. Will they be able to repeat their Cup run? Jonathan Quick needs to stay strong and focused and the team must work together as a whole during the entire season. Disjointed plays and inflated egos could be their downfall, especially if they start the season off with a cocky attitude.

Another strong Stanley Cup run could be in the cards for the L.A. Kings. They did not do much moving in the off-season which shows a confidence in the players and coaches. They are now the team to beat this year and it will be interesting to see if they will be prepared to answer the challenges that will be coming their way throughout the season.

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