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State of the Franchise: Focus on Offense, Expect More From the Core

Luc Robitaille, Rob Blake, John Stevens and Nelson Emerson answered questions from Season Ticket Members about the LA Kings upcoming season

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Last night, all LA Kings Season Ticket Members were invited to Microsoft Theater to attend the first ever State of the Franchise.

At this event, President Luc Robitaille, General Manager Rob Blake, Head Coach John Stevens, and Director of Player Development Nelson Emerson gave fans the opportunity to hear inside details about the Kings offseason and how the new front office plans to get the team back to being successful.

Tweet from @LAKings: *called each other last night to coordinate*#StateOfTheFranchise pic.twitter.com/ptnyDn6z9x

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PODCAST: State of the Franchise Recap

Jesse Cohen recaps the behind-the-scenes look of the LA Kings franchise as the front office shares their thoughts on the club's direction and possible changes

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

The LA Kings presented their State of the Franchise address at Microsoft Theatre on Thursday night.

The front office group of President Luc Robitaille, General Manager Rob Blake, Head Coach John Stevens, and Director of Player Development Nelson Emerson shared their thoughts on the past season and what they are doing to improve the team in the upcoming season.

Patrick O'Neal and Alex Faust moderated the panel before opening it up for questions from the fans.

Host Jesse Cohen invited Season Ticket Member Emily Redenbach to discuss their thoughts on the event, what was said and where the team is headed in the future.

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On the Bench: Drew Doughty Learning the Fundies of Defending One-on-One

The On the Bench boys are back, and this time they're showing a former Norris Trophy winner how to play defense

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Last week, we saw a trio of LA Kings learn the fundies from a couple of former professional superstars.

Well, the On the Bench boys are back, and this time they're showing former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Drew Doughty how to play defense ...the right way.

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Win 2 Tickets to the LA Kings First-Ever State of the Franchise

The kick-off event for the 2017-18 LA Kings season is set for Thursday, and we're looking to send a few lucky people to Microsoft Theater

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The kick-off event for the 2017-18 LA Kings season is here, and we're looking to send a few lucky people there.

Pay attention to the Kings' Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat on Wednesday, August 16th, for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this Thursday's State of the Franchise at Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE.

Here's your only hint...

...make sure that we would approve of your workspace decor in your office.

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PODCAST: Cecil Castellucci & Dan Santat

A pair of award-winning authors discuss navigating popular intellectual property, learning to let go of creations, and their relationship with the LA Kings

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

This week, host Jesse Cohen is joined by a pair of award-winning authors who are also humongous LA Kings fans.

Cecil Castellucci is the writer behind DC Comic's Shade The Changing Girl, the author of multiple novels, a director, indie rocker and librettist.

Dan Santat is the celebrated author of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and creator of the Disney series "The Replacements."

The duo discuss the difficulties of navigating massively popular intellectual property, learning to let go of ones creations and their own personal relationship with hockey and the Kings.

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Top Prospects for the LA Kings

LaDue, Kempe expected to have full-time roles this season

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the LA Kings. 

The LA Kings were not shy about using rookies last season. Four played at least 22 games: defensemen Derek Forbort (82), Kevin Gravel (49) and Paul LaDue (22), and forward Adrian Kempe (25). Two others, center Jonny Brodzinski (6) and goaltender Jack Campbell (1) also played in the NHL.

Ultimately, that experience could bode well in the attempt to inject youthful energy into the lineup.

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Key Stats for the 2017-18 LA Kings

Possession numbers area of strength; Doughty counted on for difficult minutes

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the LA Kings.

1. Possession is king

The LA Kings' most remarkable attribute is their shot-based metrics. For the sixth consecutive season, the Kings led the NHL with an SAT of plus-720 at 5-on-5, based on a League-leading 3,969 shot attempts and 3,249 shot attempts allowed, which was second fewest to the Boston Bruins (3,239).

This advantage extended to other manpower situations as well. According to the data compiled at Natural Stat Trick, the Kings had an average of 108.78 shot attempts per 60 seconds on the power play, which was second to the Philadelphia Flyers (109.88). When shorthanded, Los Angeles allowed 89.07 shot attempts per 60 minutes, fourth-lowest in the League.

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LA Kings Fantasy Preview for 2017-18

Quick, Kopitar could be huge steals if underestimated in drafts

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's fantasy landscape. Fantasy-relevant players are listed in order of rank in NHL.com's top 250. Today, we look at the LA Kings.

Fowards

Jeff Carter , C -- He went from an average draft position of 130.7 to finishing 25th in Yahoo last season. Carter's ability to have 66 points (32 goals, 34 assists), 22 power-play points and 250 shots on goal in a down year for the LA Kings offense (2.43 goals per game, T-24th) proves he's a safe, self-sustainable fantasy pick. Center is the deepest fantasy position, so don't be surprised if Carter -- a perennial bargain -- slips in drafts again.

Anze Kopitar , C -- The Kings captain had weak linemates last season, and his production suffered; he had the lowest shooting percentage (8.0) and worst points-per-game average (0.68) of his NHL career. He had solid totals in assists (40; T-32nd in NHL) and PPP (19), but was one of the biggest fantasy disappointments based on ADP (29.4; finished 158th). A six-time 70-point scorer, Kopitar could be rejuvenated in a fresh offensive system under new coach John Stevens, and is a value pick anytime outside the top 50.

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Three Questions Facing the LA Kings Ahead of 2017-18 Season

Quick's workload, ability of Kopitar, Toffoli to rebound among concerns

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three questions facing the LA Kings.

After missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs twice in the past three seasons, immediately following winning the Stanley Cup twice in three seasons (2012, 2014), there has been an organizational restructuring for the LA Kings.

Rob Blake replaced Dean Lombardi as general manager on April 10, and Jon Stevens, who has been on the staff since 2010, replaced Darryl Sutter as coach on April 23. However, the Kings face additional questions not related to their new management group. They are:

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31 in 31: Inside Look at the LA Kings

With a new coach and GM, the LA Kings familiar core aims to return to playoffs

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the LA Kings.

LA Kings coach John Stevens has a familiarity with his roster that most first-year coaches don't.

Stevens, named April 23 to replace Darryl Sutter, joined the Kings coaching staff in 2010 and has been with them for all the good times: the Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014, the awards earned by goaltender Jonathan Quick  (2012 Conn Smythe Trophy, 2014 Jennings Trophy), center Anze Kopitar (2016 Lady Byng, Selke), and defenseman Drew Doughty  (2016 Norris). But though Stevens knows mostly everyone, he made a point of meeting with his players after being promoted.

"One of the first things I did was sit down with each guy and anybody who hadn't left (for the summer) to make sure I had a chance to have a good conversation about where they were at with their game, what our expectations were, and what we were doing moving forward," Stevens said.

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