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Los Angeles Kings: 2015-16 Season Projection

2014-2015 Overall Record: 40-27-15 (95 Points) 9th in the Western Conference

 ***Did Not Make NHL Playoffs***

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Los Angeles Kings: 2014-2015 Team Leaders

Notable Offseason Losses:

G Martin Jones (New Team: Boston Bruins)

D Colin Miller (New Team: Boston Bruins)

F Mike Richards (Contract Termination)

D Andrej Sekera (New Team: Edmonton Oilers)

F Justin Williams (New Team: Washington Capitals)

Jarret Stoll (New Team: New York Rangers)

Notable Offseason Acquisitions:

F Milan Lucic (Former Team: Boston Bruins)

G Jhonas Enroth (Former Team: Dallas Stars)

Main Team Stats Breakdown:

GFA (Goals For Average): 2.62 (NHL Ranking: 18th)

GAA (Goals Against Average): 2.37 (NHL Ranking: 5th)

SV% (Save Percentage): .911 (NHL Ranking: 16th)

Say what you will about the Los Angeles Kings that fans and experts have grown accustomed to watching. This is a very different team, and there isn’t an expert out there that could convince me otherwise. Off ice issues, along with offseason acquisitions and departures, have this team sprawling to put together something that resembles what was once one of the most dominant teams in NHL Playoff history. The Los Angeles Kings did nothing to help the great image of the NHL as a result of off ice issues from its players.

Breaking down the losses is quite telling. The Slava “I can’t keep my hands to myself” Voynov issue, started it all for the Kings into further calamity. His future is obviously still very much up in the air. Mike Richards then made headlines, getting paid millions to play in the minors; only to have his contract terminated (that issue is very much ongoing). Jarret “I like hockey, but I like coke more” Stoll was somehow able to find a spot in New York instead of prison, unlike any other average joe found guilty under Stoll’s original charges. As they say, sometimes it pays to play. The Playoff performing Justin Williams is off to try and work his magic in Washington (pending a Playoff berth of course), while Andrej Sekera will look to rebound from a 16 game, 4 point season. Last season for Sekera was a cumulative flop, especially for someone that had 44 points the season before.

There really aren’t too many positives looking toward next year for this organization. Aside from the fact that the Kings can still look toward Quick and Doughty, while welcoming newly acquired Milan Lucic, there isn’t much optimism. I’m not a pessimist by any means, but I am a realist and this team took huge strides in the wrong direction as a whole. While some will make excuses for how the Kings will rebound, I’ll stick to my assessment and project that the Central again has 5 teams heading into the postseason, while the Pacific only has 3. Putting it bluntly, the Los Angeles Kings are not one of them.

2015-2016 Season Projection: 4th in the Pacific

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