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Examining the Los Angeles Kings

by Evan Grossman / NHL.com

 
 
Complete Kings Analysis:
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Kings' kids will be royally entertaining

Thanks to the work of their forward-thinking general manager Dean Lombardi, and thanks, in part, to a stable of fairly high draft picks the last few years, the Los Angeles Kings have a chance this season to be a lot like last year’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

By that, we mean the Kings have an opportunity to dress a young and talented core of players who make up for their lack of NHL experience with loads of natural talent. They will be young and exciting. They’ll be fun to watch. With the emergence of one of the best young groups of players in the League, which will be highlighted this season with the full-time addition of defenseman Jack Johnson, the Kings will be a much improved product. And that may be an understatement.

Making the playoffs might just be a very real possibility with the group Lombardi has assembled for the coming year, even in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, where all eight teams that made the tournament last season loaded up over the summer. If you’re a Kings fan, there is plenty to be excited about.

Owning a desirable group of young players didn’t slow the Kings down this summer. In fact, just the opposite happened, with Los Angeles among the busiest teams in the NHL the last few months. The Kings added veterans like 6-foot-5 center Michal Handzus, playmaking wing Ladislav Nagy, the shifty Kyle Calder, and addressed needs on defense with the additions of Brad Stuart and Tom Preissing.

Still, the road won’t be an easy one. But with the Kings rebuilding at a rapid pace, the ride should be a fun one.
 
2006-07 Record:
27-41-14, 4th Pacific

Who's In:
LW Kyle Calder, G Erik Ersberg, C Michal Handzus, D Jon Klemm, LW Ladislav Nagy, D Tom Preissing, D Brad Stuart, G Jean-Sebastien Aubin

Who's Out:
G Mathieu Garon, D Jamie Heward, RW Tim Jackman, LW Tom Kostopoulos, D Aaron Miller, D Joey Mormina, C Marty Murray, D Mike Weaver, G Matt Zaba

2006-07 Leading Scorers:
Mike Cammalleri (34-46-80), Alexander Frolov (35-36-71), Anze Kopitar (20-41-61), Lubomir Visnovsky (18-40-58), Dustin Brown (17-29-46)

2006-07 Goaltending Leaders:
Mathieu Garon 13-10-6, 2.66 GAA, 32 appearances, .907 save percentage, 2 shutouts; Sean Burke 6-10-5, 3.11 GAA, 23 appearances, .901 save percentage, 1 shutout


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