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.
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.