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Black and White: The Plan

Through top draft selections, strong prospect development and new leadership, the LA Kings plan to fight their way back into contention

by LA Kings @LAKings /

General Manager Rob Blake has a plan for the LA Kings.

The plan is to build a contending team consisting of a tight-knit and stable group that has the intangibles needed to win the Stanley Cup.

"Every decision must be made with that vision in mind," Blake said.

So far, the Kings have put themselves in a good position, drafting and developing top prospects from all over the world.

The team's been ranked second in the NHL by ESPN's NHL Future Power Rankings and  Sporting News' Farm System Rankings. 

The Athletic also named nine Kings prospects to the NHL Top Prospects list, and ranked the Kings fourth in The Athletic's NHL Farm System Rankings, moving up six spots from last year. 

New Coach Todd McLellan is already making waves in preseason, marking the Kings' success by growth from the previous year.

He will have a slew of new talent to work with in the organization, including Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Markus Phillips, Rasmus Kupari, Sean Durzi, Blake Lizotte and Mikey Anderson, who are all set to begin their pro careers.

Video: Rob Blake and Todd McLellan's plan for the LA Kings

"It takes heart, commitment, sweat, blood and tears," McLellan said. "There will be some miserable nights and there will be some really good nights too."

"It will take a lot of work, but we're prepared to do it... and we will get it done."


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