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Four LA Kings Players Make ESPN's Top Players of the Decade List

Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar were all ranked among the Top 100 players

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As the decade is coming to a close, ESPN's Greg Wyshynski compiled a comprehensive list of the Top 100 NHL players from the past 10 years. Considering there were 2,196 skaters and 229 goaltenders who have stepped on NHL ice over that time, this couldn't have been an easy task.

The players were selected by analyzing their longevity, dominant stretches, statistics, goals, and wins. Four LA Kings player were named to the list, among the likes of Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, and of course, Sidney Crosby, who came out on top. 

Check out Wyshynski's breakdown of the four Kings players:

#85: Jeff Carter

"Fifteenth among forwards in goals (262) through 706 games, Carter also had 18 goals in the Kings' two Cup runs."

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#34: Jonathan Quick

"There's no denying Quick's success. He was fourth in the decade in wins (296), all with the Kings. He led the playoffs in save percentage and goals-against average in capturing the Conn Smythe in their 2012 Cup win, and then backstopped another Cup team in 2014"

"He was seventh in goals saved above average per 60 minutes (0.293), but he was tied for 24th in even-strength save percentage (.922). He won the Jennings twice and was a Vezina finalist twice. Don't let his recent struggles obscure his dominant decade."

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#17: Drew Doughty

"Doughty played a ton of tough minutes (26:31 per game, second in the NHL for the decade) and got frequently spectacular results. His 462 points in 806 games ranked fifth among defensemen, and he excelled defensively as one of the Kings' top possession drivers. Doughty was a Norris Trophy finalist four times, winning the thing in 2016."

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#13: Anze Kopitar

"The Kings center was a possession monster (55.4 shot attempt percentage) as one of the best two-way centers in the NHL, winning the Selke Trophy twice and finishing as a finalist four times in total."

"He led the playoffs in points in both of the Kings' Stanley Cup wins, and was 16th among all players at 0.89 points per game. He was second in goals above average (153.8) and wins above replacement (28.5) for the decade. How good was Kopitar? They basically created Team Europe so that he could play in the World Cup of Hockey."

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