I’m not even going to try to avoid it. The biggest issue for the Kings, at the moment, is Drew Doughty and the fact that he remains unsigned, with apparently very little progress being made on a deal. The sad part is, if GM Dean Lombardi and company could have resolved this situation a little bit earlier, all the attention would be focused on the big acquisition that the Kings pulled off in the summer, adding former Flyers’ captain Mike Richards. With Richards, the Kings have, unarguably, one of the deepest forward groups in the league, let alone the Pacific Division, and finally have some scoring support for Anze Kopitar. Gavin Humes, lead writer at Rink Royalty, has more on the talent level that will be displayed in Los Angeles this season.
The offense is probably the only real place where the team has a different look. The top two centers in Los Angeles give the Kings arguably the strongest 1-2 punch in the Western Conference in Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar. Both are incredible performers, and give the Kings realistically a 1A – 1B set up, which would takes the scoring pressure off of either, and keep any team from keying in on either. On the wings, the Kings are just about as stacked, lining up Dustin Brown, Simon Gagne, Dustin Penner and Justin Williams. My bet is that Scott Parse, Brad Richardson, or potentially Trevor Lewis could see time on one of those two lines at some point, especially if we see struggles to start, or if injuries hit the Kings.
Check out the rest of his season preview here.