The Game of Numbers is an exclusive THW series looking at upcoming milestones around the NHL. Each team will be looked at individually in three parts – individual player milestones, franchise player milestones, and players that rank in the top 100 in NHL history in any big statistical category.
Over the past few seasons, the Los Angeles Kings have been amongst the NHL’s best teams. Built for a strong playoff runs and backstopped by one of the league’s best goalies in Jonathan Quick, they don’t always have to finish atop the Western Conference to be considered a playoff favourite.
While some might consider their regular season mediocre at times, their club is built with tenacity and skill – experienced veterans leading the way for the younger players. With that said, the Kings have continued building and will remain contenders over the coming years.
Los Angeles Kings Individual Milestones
It’s hard to believe sometimes how long some of the Kings players have been around. Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown still seem like a vital part of the Los Angeles organization and yet, both are strong veteran players on the team. For guys like that, who have won Cups and been in the league for some time, personal milestones are just an added bonus. Regardless – rookie or veteran – it’s always a good feeling to hit those personal marks during an NHL career.
- 1,100 games played: Robyn Regehr (1,072)
- 900 games played: Marian Gaborik (862)
- 800 games played: Dustin Brown (785), Jarret Stoll (784)
- 700 games played: Anze Kopitar (666)
- 600 games played: Matt Greene (569)
- 500 games played: Andrej Sekera (475)
- 400 games played: Jonathan Quick (391)
- 200 games played: Jake Muzzin (191), Slava Voynov (190), Jordan Nolan (177)
- 100 games played: Brayden McNabb (96), Tanner Pearson (67)
- 400 goals: Marian Gaborik (366)
- 300 goals: Jeff Carter (277)
- 200 goals: Mike Richards (179)
- 100 goals: Drew Doughty (64)
- 400 assists: Anze Kopitar (380), Marian Gaborik (374)
- 200 assists: Drew Doughty (195), Robyn Regehr (161)
- 100 assists: Jamie McBain (73), Jeff Schultz (65), Slava Voynov (63), Matt Greene (62), Jake Muzzin (54)
- 600 points: Anze Kopitar (595), Justin Williams (571)
- 500 points: Mike Richards (481)
- 400 points: Jarret Stoll (377)
- 300 points: Drew Doughty (259)
- 200 points: Robyn Regehr (195), Andrej Sekera (155)
- 100 points: Slava Voynov (81), Matt Greene (78), Jeff Schultz (76), Dwight King (75), Tyler Toffoli (74), Jake Muzzin (72), Alec Martinez (72), Trevor Lewis (67), Kyle Clifford (59)
Los Angeles Kings Franchise Milestones
With former players like Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robataille, it’s amazing where some of their current players rank on the franchises all-time lists. But having played their entire careers with the Kings, players like Brown, Kopitar and Drew Doughty have found a way to climb the ranks.
- Dustin Brown (785) needs 21 games played to pass Rob Blake (805) for 4th on the team’s all-time list.
- Anze Kopitar (666) needs 8 games played to pass Mike Murphy (673) for 8th on the team’s all-time list.
- Drew Doughty (507) needs 30 games played to pass Alex Frolov (536) for 18th on the team’s all-time list.
- Anze Kopitar (215) needs 8 goals to pass Charles Simmer (222) for 7th on the team’s all-time list.
- Dustin Brown (206) needs 10 goals to pass Anze Kopitar (215) for 8th on the team’s all-time list.
- Anze Kopitar (380) needs 5 assists to pass Robert Goring (384) for 6th on the team’s all-time list.
- Dustin Brown (234) needs 11 assists to pass Charles Simmer (244) for 12th on the team’s all-time list.
- Drew Doughty (195) needs 15 assists to pass Lubomir Visnovsky (209) for 17th on the team’s all-time list.
- Anze Kopitar (595) needs 65 points to pass Robert Goring (659) for 6th on the team’s all-time list.
- Dustin Brown (440) needs 18 points to pass Mike Murphy (457) for 11th on the team’s all-time list.
- Dustin Brown (71) needs 9 powerplay goals to pass Charles Simmer (79) for 6th on the team’s all-time list.
- Anze Kopitar (70) needs 1 powerplay goal to pass Dustin Brown (71) for 7th on the team’s all-time list.
- Anze Kopitar (30) needs 18 game-winning goals to pass Dave Taylor (47) for 3rd on the team’s all-time list.
- Dustin Brown (30) needs 18 game-winning goals to pass Dave Taylor (47) for 3rd on the team’s all-time list.
- Jeff Carter (18) needs 1 game-winning goal to pass Donald Kozak (18) for 17th on the team’s all-time list.
- Drew Doughty (15) needs 2 game-winning goals to pass Jozef Stumpel (16) for 19th on the team’s all-time list.
- Martin Jones (7) needs 1 shutout to pass Gerry Desjardins and Gary Edwards (7) for 8th on the team’s all-time list.
‘Top 100’ Milestones
While his struggles over the past few seasons have been well-documented, Mike Richards is among the NHL’s all-time best when it comes to the penalty kill. The former 24th overall pick in 2003 has spent his career as a two-way player and while he currently resides in the American Hockey League, the 30-year-old Richards still has his name in hockey history.
- Richards (28) needs 1 shorthanded goal to pass Todd Marchant, Mark Howe, Rod Brind’Amour, Bernie Nicholls and Jeremy Roenick (28) for 26th on the NHL’s all-time list.
While his skill has never really been questioned, Marian Gaborik’s ability to stay healthy has been his downfall in remaining with one organization. Los Angeles is the fourth team the 33-year-old has played for and while he’s spent ample time out of the lineup, the former third overall pick has found a way to come up big when his teams needed him. That’s why he finds himself among the NHL’s best in game-winning goals.
- Gaborik (65) needs 1 game-winning goal to pass John LeClair and Shane Doan (65) for 51st on the NHL’s all-time list.
Part of the former Flyers duo, Jeff Carter is in his fourth season with the Los Angeles Kings. Whether it’s been with the Flyers, the Blue Jackets or the Kings, the former first-round pick is another player that has found his way into the NHL’s best when it comes to game-winning goals.
- Carter (57) needs 1 game-winning goal to pass Joseph Pronovost and Darryl Sittler (57) for 82nd on the NHL’s all-time list.
Easily considered one of the best goaltenders in the league right now, Jonathan Quick finds himself climbing the ranks of the NHL’s all-time lists. At 29, the former third-round pick still has a lot of hockey ahead of him. With two Cups, it’s not surprising that he’s among the NHL’s all-time best in multiple categories.
- Quick (203) needs 1 win to pass Dave Kerr (203) on the NHL’s all-time list for wins.
- Quick (35) needs 1 shutout to pass Olaf Kolzig, Patrick Lalime and Ryan Miller (35) for 43rd on the NHL’s all-time list.
More from the ‘Game of Numbers’ series:
Eastern Conference: BOS | BUF | CAR | CLB | DET | FLA | MTL | NJD | NYI | NYR | OTT | PHI | PIT | TBL | TOR | WSH
Western Conference: ANA | ARZ | CAL | CHI | COL | DAL | EDM | LAK | MIN | NSH | SJS | STL | VAN | WPG
NOTE: The ‘Game of Numbers’ series is subject to updates as the 2014-15 season progresses. Individual marks will only appear if the player is within 50 of the specific statistical milestone, while franchise marks only recognize the top 20 in club history.
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Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.