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Hammond's All-Decade Team

by Rich Hammond / Los Angeles Kings
Rich Hammond has covered the Kings, on a full-time or part-time basis, since the 2000-01 season. He previously worked at the Los Angeles Daily News, was the beat writer for the entire John Torchetti era and has witnessed Bob Miller singing country music in a Nashville honky-tonk bar.

Who better to select the Kings All-Decade team then Hammond, who now runs the popular Kings blog LA Kings Insider with Rich Hammond.

Hammond will introduce his choice for the Kings best center of the decade on Friday, Dec. 18, his best left wing and right wing on Saturday, Dec. 19, followed by his best defensemen on Monday, Dec. 21 and the Kings best goaltender on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

So check back early and often.

Ziggy Palffy
Member of the Kings: 1999 to 2004
Kings debut season: 1999 to 2000

I'm reuniting two-thirds of the line that never really got a chance to get going in the early part of the decade, due to the injuries to Adam Deadmarsh and Jason Allison.

Ziggy Palffy was a dynamic scorer, an offensive player worth watching on every shift.

Anze Kopitar
Member of the Kings: 2006 to present
Kings debut season: 2006-07

In his fourth NHL season, Kopitar has risen to the level of a point-per-game scorer, and with more consistency, Kopitar can become one of the NHL's great centers. He will soon become a four-time 20-goal scorer and, likely, a two-time 30-goal scorer.

Honorable mention goes to Jozef Stumpel, who helped lead the Kings to the playoffs three times in his four full seasons in L.A.

Adam Deadmarsh
Member of the Kings: 2001 to 2003
Kings debut season: 2000-01

Adam Deadmarsh logged hard minutes, played a tough game and had a knack for big goals.

Honorable mentions go out to Alexander Frolov, Luc Robitaille, Dustin Brown and Michael Cammalleri.

Lubomir Visnovsky
Member of the Kings: 2000 to 2008
Kings debut season: 2000-01

Other than the blip in 2007-08, his last season with the Kings, Visnovsky was consistently strong.

A great skater, Visnovsky led the Kings in scoring in 2005-06 and was a ``plus'' defenseman in five of his seven years in L.A.

Drew Doughty
Member of the Kings: 2008 to present
Kings debut season: 2008-09

Is it a little premature, given that Doughty will only have played 122 games in this decade?

Perhaps, but he's the total package, and he's still getting better.

Honorable mentions go to Mattias Norstrom and Mathieu Schneider.

Felix Potvin
Member of the Kings: 2001 to 2003
Kings debut season: 2000-01

Potvin played only one full season with the Kings, but at times he was able to do something rare for a Kings goalie: steal a win for his team through outstanding individual play.

Honorable mention goes to Jonathan Quick.

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