We’re less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Today we continue to dive into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday we looked at the Florida Panthers; today we Look at the Los Angeles Kings.
2016/17 record: 39-35-8
Key additions: Mike Cammalleri
Key subtractions: Darryl Sutter
2017/18 prediction: Dethroned
The 2016/17 season was a rough time for the LA Kings; Superstar Anze Kopitar underperformed during the year with only scoring 12 goals and a minus ten rating. The Kings also tried to make the playoffs late in the year by making some deadline deals in Jerome Iginla and Ben Bishop. Yet the trades didn’t work out, Iginla only produced nine points in 19 games, while Ben Bishop got thrown into a backup role.
Following the struggling season, the Kings removed Head Coach Darryl Sutter and GM Dean Lombardi to shake things up for the organization. Losing Darryl Sutter will be a huge hit for the franchise as he helped guide the Kings to two Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014 and led the team in all-time coaching wins.
The Kings have taken a step forward promoting Rob Blake to general manager and Luc Robitaille as president and promoted assistant coach John Stevens to replace to Sutter. The internal shake-up should set forth the upcoming rebuild of the Kings franchise.
Rob Blake will not have an easy task of rebuilding the team especially if Drew Doughty leaves the franchise to win another cup. The Kings also have the fourth oldest roster and still have nagging contracts in Dustin Brown.
It appears as though the Kings may be in for another rough season but with any team, it only takes a few bad years, and some key draft picks to turn over a new leaf. The Kings might not have their castle, but they will wear their crown someday soon.