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With a new system, the LA Kings are playing a more exciting and more aggressive style of hockey under Todd McLellan

by LA Kings @LAKings /

The season may just be beginning, but the LA Kings have made it clear the team has a different feel than last year. 

"Coming in here, you have that chip on your shoulder to prove everyone wrong," Kings Captain Anze Kopitar said.

Head Coach Todd McLellan has implemented a new system and set new standards both on and off the ice. 

"It's a lot more aggressive," Koptiar said out the new style of play. "Everybody feels better about it."

Video: The LA Kings plan to play more aggressive hockey

"It's a different mentality," Dustin Brown said. "There's a lot more direction in our team than the last couple years. A lot of that is Todd coming in and setting the standard that we want to play at. We have a new system I haven't played, and that makes it exciting for me."

To add to that, the Kings have added a few younger players to the lineup, including rookies Blake Lizotte and Tobias Bjornfot. Both have shown playmaking abilities, maturity, poise, and are learning from the veterans in the locker room. 

"If you find an older guy who you want to model you game after, just open your eyes and ears and you can learn a lot," Brown said. 

With a new system and new talent, what can Kings fans expect this season? 

"Just more energy," Kopitar said. "More exciting hockey."

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