Kings' 2018-19 Report Cards: Anze Kopitar

Kings' 2018-19 Report Cards: Anze Kopitar

August 2nd, 2019 In a season filled with obstacles and letdowns, the 2018-19 Los Angeles Kings finished last in the Pacific Division (30th in the league) and missed the playoffs for the third time in five seasons. Even with additional help from a high-scoring winger in Ilya Kovalchuk, the team could not find...
Kings' 5 Best Goalie Tandems

Kings' 5 Best Goalie Tandems

July 27th, 2019 The Los Angeles Kings have had game-changing goalkeepers in the team’s history, including Rogie Vachon, Kelly Hrudey and Jonathan Quick. But who came closest to mastering the dubious act of becoming a great backup netminder? Who played the meanest second fiddle and complemented an exceptional...

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July 15th, 2019
Los Angeles Kings

The 2018-19 Los Angeles Kings matched their lowest point total, and won their fewest amount of games, in the salary cap era. Their top forward and defensive lines weren't good and they received below-average goaltending. The following are three transactions the Kings can make to improve their defense. Acquire Islanders Defenseman Devon Toews The Kings aren't short on bottom-pairing defenders, but this one is better than what they have. Toews was a positive impact on all his partners, doing very well in a sheltered role for the Islanders. Possession should be on everyone's mind in LA after taking another step back during 2018-19 with a 48.08% Corsi-for. New York Islanders' Devon Toews battles for the puck. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) The Kings top players didn't play well last season and the team suffered. It's reasonable to expect them to be better. Adding a player like Toews isn't going to make any headlines, but it's a depth move that gives the Kings more comfort when...
July 8th, 2019
Los Angeles Kings

Growing up in the 1970's as a hockey fan in Los Angeles, I was intimately familiar with three things very few Angelenos had even a remote grasp upon: 1) Los Angeles had an NHL hockey team, 2) said hockey team was named the Kings, and 3) the Triple Crown Line was bitchin', man. Thirty years later, after having been swept up by an exhilarating Cup run, the nouveau-riche of belated La-La Land hockey fans finally understands the city indeed has a team and its moniker is in fact the Kings. However, being 45 years late to the party, they remain largely clueless about the team's history, especially that of events that occurred pre-Gretzky. The Triple Crown Line might as well be a railway route or a designer drug, as they know virtually nothing about the players or the accomplishments of one of history's signature scoring lines. Background of the Triple Crown Line On January 13, 1979, the Kings were well on their way to another ho-hum season (34-34-12, first round loss) when former head...
June 25th, 2019
Kings Prospects

The Los Angeles Kings had one of the best showings at the 2019 NHL Draft, making four picks in the top-50. The team benefited from some strong prospects sliding down the board and took advantage. Overall, the Kings made nine picks in this year's draft and spread the wealth quite a bit, selecting one goaltender, four forwards, and four defensemen. Alex Turcotte - Forward - 5th Overall With such a strong draft class, it would've been hard to make a solid choice with a top-five pick, but Los Angeles nailed this one. Alex Turcotte was a consensus top-five prospect and could've easily gone third-overall to the Chicago Blackhawks. The 18-year-old center was touted as the best two-way forward in the draft and he's proved it at every level so far. Between exhibition and USHL action, Turcotte tallied 27 goals and 62 points in 37 contests last season. Alex Turcotte (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers The son of Alfie Turcotte, a first-round pick in the 1983 NHL Draft, Alex currently...
June 22nd, 2019
Kings History

Though they waited until the 2011-12 season to hoist Lord Stanley (with a close encounter in 1993, thanks to Kerry Fraser), the Los Angeles Kings have produced many good NHL players. They started drafting in 1967, ahead of their inaugural season (1967-68), and have selected over 400 players. The following players are the Los Angeles Kings' top-10 draft picks of all-time. The criteria I used for this was simple - everyone that was ever selected by Los Angeles is eligible, regardless of the number of games played for the Kings themselves. This is a career judgment for the selection. 10. Jimmy Carson Year drafted 1986Selection Rd 1 (2)GP with LA 219GP overall 626 Jimmy Carson is the player that everyone forgets about. He wasn't just a toss-in for the Wayne Gretzky trade, he was actually good at playing hockey. Prior to being traded, he eclipsed the 100-point plateau in only his second season. He followed that with 100 points as a member of the Edmonton...