On Wednesday, ESPN.com released their expert picks for the NHL’s 2015-’16 season
. The Kings weren’t heavy favorites among the network’s group of analysts, but they did get some recognition.
Two selected the Kings to win the Pacific Division; four selected them to win the Western Conference, and one – Barry Melrose, chose them to take home the 2016 Stanley Cup.
You can see the full list of ESPN’s expert picks below:
Among predictions for personal awards this season, defenseman Drew Doughty was selected by both Linda Cohn and Pierre LeBrun to take home the league’s Norris trophy. You can see the full list of ESPN’s personal award selections HERE.
Melrose, now covering the NHL for ESPN, coached the Kings for two-plus seasons from 1992 - 1995, leading the organization to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 1993.