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Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Season Preview

What is in store for the 2013-14 Stanley Cup Champions this upcoming season?

After a disappointing 2014-15 season, the Los Angeles Kings will be looking to have a bounce back year. Let’s have a look at what is most important; the Kings depth chart.

LW C RW
Line 1 Milan Lucic Anze Kopitar Marian Gaborik
Line 2 Tanner Pearson Jeff Carter Tyler Toffoli
Line 3 Dwight King Trevor Lewis Dustin Brown
Line 4 Kyle Clifford  Nick Shore Jordan Nolan
  • Lucic will be joining Kopitar and Gaborik on the first line this year. Look for these guys to be lights out!
  • Carter will be up the middle between Toffoli and Pearson. Expect big things from both these young wingers.
  • Lewis & Shore will be up and down between playing centre on the third/fourth line. Either option, they will both have Nolan, King, & Clifford to add some big body grit.
  • Captain Brown slots in nicely with the third line to add a great combo of hard work and finesse.
Defensive Pairs
D-Pair 1 Jake Muzzin Drew Doughty
D-Pair 2 Alec Martinez Christian Ehrhoff
D-Pair 3 Matt Greene Brayden McNabb
  • Doughty will take another stab at the Norris. Muzzin will compliment all of Doughty’s skills as he did last year.
  • Ehrhoff as a new addition will be a great fill in for a few defensive departures.
  • Greene and McNabb will hold down the back end well with their solid defensive play.
Goalies
Starter Jonathan Quick
Backup Jhonas Enroth
  • Quick will of course be the number 1 in Los Angeles. He is typically pegged as a top goalie in the league, although is numbers are very average. Quick needs to have another solid year for the Kings to make another Stanley Cup run.

Key additions: Milan Lucic & Christian Ehrhoff

Key departures: Justin Williams (RW), Mike Richards (C), Jarret Stoll (C), Andrej Sekera (D), Robyn Regehr (D), and Slava Voynov (D).

 

2015-16 Predictions

Lucic in an epic fight with Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
Lucic in an epic fight with Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Kings Record: 44-27-11 (99 points)
Regular Season Standings: 2nd, Pacific Division. 6th, Western Conference.
Playoff Outlook: Lose in the Conference Semi-Finals to Anaheim Ducks.
Not-so-bold prediction: Lucic will top his career season point total with 70+ points.
Bold prediction: Kopitar will score a career high 40 goals and notch up 90+ points.
Smith’s Sleeper: Predicting Tyler Toffoli to be a King’s top 3 scorer and be in the top 50 of NHL scoring.

Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

My name is Bryan Smith. I was born & raised In Southern Ontario, Canada. I have been dedicated and passionate about sports my entire life. So much so, that I went to school for Sport Management at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. After graduating, I jumped into the industry with a full time position in Hamilton working for the Tiger-Cats as a Ticket Rep. I am currently working for the Tiger-Cats, and have expanded my growth into writing, which I am now doing here on Hook on Hockey!
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