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Which LA Kings Players Made the All-Decade Roster?

As a new decade approaches, we're taking a look back at the legendary Kings careers that make up the all-decade team

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

As the New Year approaches and a new decade looms, we took a look back at an incredible ten year stretch that saw two Stanley Cup wins on STAPLES Center ice and some legendary LA King careers.

Here is your LA Kings all-decade team: 


FORWARDS

First line: Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams

No discussion about the best Kings of the 2010s can exclude these three. Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown were both drafted by the Kings and have spent their entire careers in Los Angeles.

They currently rank first and second in overall scoring for the decade and both of them can be found in the top 10 of total franchise goals, points and games played, with Dustin Brown having played the most games in a Kings uniform.

While Justin Williams only played half of this decade in a Kings uniform, he ranks 5th in regular season goals and points. In the playoffs however, Williams earned both the nickname "Mr. Game 7" and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2014 playoffs.


Second Line: Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Formed in the later months of the 2013-14 season, That '70s Line consisted of three players that played a key role in the Kings second Stanley Cup victory.

Jeff Carter played a crucial role in both Stanley Cup wins, but he also performed in the regular season and ranks behind only Brown and Kopitar in total goals and points for the decade. Tyler Toffoli has been the more prolific scorers of the "Carter Twins" but both he and Tanner Pearson rank in the top 6 for total goals scored.

Tweet from @LAKings: That Toffoli/Pearson hug at the end. ������ pic.twitter.com/J9OeSJV2j8


Third Line: Dwight King - Jarret Stoll - Trevor Lewis

Every Kings fan will remember the goal Jarret Stoll scored against Vancouver in 2012.

Not every Kings fan will remember that Dwight King scored four goals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the Western Conference Finals and held the LA Kings record for most goals scored during a Conference Final.

Trevor Lewis set up the goal against Vancouver but also scored two goals in the Stanley Cup clinching game against New Jersey and has won the unsung hero award so many times they might as well name it after him.

Video: NYI@LAK: King buries Lewis' feed to pad lead


Fourth Line: Kyle Clifford - Mike Richards - Marian Gaborik

Kyle Clifford may not be known for his offense, but he has scored the 10th most goals in a Kings uniform over the past ten years and currently ranks 9th on the all-time franchise games played list.

Mike Richards never reached the offensive output he generated in Philadelphia, but his leadership and presence were a key component to the Kings making the leap from contender to champion. Marian Gaborik led the Kings in goals during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 14. 

Video: LAK@NYR: Gaborik goes five-hole in milestone game


DEFENSE

First Pair: Rob Scuderi - Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty will be the last player to ever wear #8 for the Kings and deservedly so. He is on the verge of passing Rob Blake as the highest scoring defenseman in franchise history and joins him as the only Kings to have ever won the Norris Trophy.

Rob "The Piece" Scuderi was paired reliably with Drew Doughty to form the top defensive pair during the Kings 2012 Stanley Cup run. Scuderi wasn't known for offense but was the perfect partner for Doughty.

Video: LAK@CGY: Doughty rips one-timer for the win in OT


Second Pair: Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez

Alec Martinez will live forever in highlight reels throwing his gloves in the air seconds after scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal against the New York Rangers in 2014. That was just an encore performance of his goal in overtime of Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the previous round that sent the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final.

Jake Muzzin paired with Drew Doughty during the 2014 Stanley Cup run and proved himself a reliable offensive contributor during his time as a King. Both Muzzin and Martinez rank in the top three of defenseman scoring for the decade.

Video: Martinez recalls the 2014 Stanley Cup winning goal


Third Pair: Willie Mitchell - Matt Greene

Willie Mitchell was underrated offensively but the contributions he and Matt Greene made on the penalty kill, the locker room and the score sheet should never be overlooked.

Tweet from @LAKings: 464 games, 1,344 hits, 731 blocked shots, and 2 Stanley Cups. Thank you, Matt Greene.Details > https://t.co/qUZWXUKT2r pic.twitter.com/OUoKTMkYyh


GOALIES

Starter: Jonathan Quick

Backup: Peter Budaj

Jonathan Quick is simply the greatest goalie to ever play for the LA Kings. The cast of colorful characters that have served as his backup over the past ten seasons features two Stanley Cup winners but neither of them played in or won as many games in a Kings uniform as Peter Budaj.

Tweet from @LAKings: Jonathan Quick constantly doing the impossible 😱 😱 😱#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/XwEXbOZZv

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