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Team Reset

Kings on lookout for more offense

With Milan Lucic leaving as free agent, Los Angeles must spread scoring

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Los Angeles Kings:

The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014 and advanced to the Western Conference Final in 2013. But since winning the championship two years ago, they have failed to get past the first round; after failing to qualify for the postseason in 2014-15, the Kings lost to the San Jose Sharks in five games in the first round last season.

The good news for the Kings is they still have Vezina Trophy finalist Jonathan Quick and Selke Trophy winner Anze Kopitar, their new captain, who has led them in scoring nine straight seasons.

Defense rarely is a problem for the Kings, with Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty leading the way. They allowed the third-fewest goals per game last season but were 14th in the League in goals scored. They won too many games 3-2 or 2-1. They didn't make many moves on offense but are hoping to spread the scoring more this season.

Video: Anze Kopitar is presented the Selke Trophy

Here is what the Kings look like today:

KEY ARRIVALS: Teddy Purcell, LW: He had 14 goals and 43 points in 76 games with the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers last season. He began his NHL career with the Kings in 2007-08 and had a high of 24 goals with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011-12. He could play on one of the top two lines and should help the offense. He signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract. ... Jeff Zatkoff, G: He went 4-7-1 with a 2.71 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 14 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. Selected by the Kings in the third round (No. 74) of the 2006 NHL Draft, he agreed to terms on a two-year contract to be Quick's backup. ... Zach Trotman, D: In 38 games with the Boston Bruins last season, Trotman had two goals, seven points and 22 penalty minutes. He agreed to terms on a one-year contract. ... Tom Gilbert, D: He had two points and 12 penalty minutes in 45 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season. The 33-year-old agreed to terms on a one-year contract. ... Michael Latta, F: In 43 games with the Washington Capitals, he had three goals, seven points and 50 penalty minutes. He agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

KEY DEPARTURES: Milan Lucic, LW: He signed a seven-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1. He had 20 goals, 55 points and 79 penalty minutes in 81 games last season. His combination of offense and physicality will be tough to replace. ... Jamie McBain, D: He had two goals and nine points in 44 games last season. Six of his nine points came on the power play. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes. ... Kris Versteeg, RW: He had four goals and one assist in 14 regular-season games with the Kings after being acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 28. He is an unrestricted free agent. ... Luke Schenn, D: He had four goals and 16 points in 72 games with the Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. He was a minus-2 in 17:34 of ice time per game. He is an unrestricted free agent. ... Jhonas Enroth, G: In 16 games last season as Quick's backup, he went 7-5-1 with a 2.17 GAA, .922 save percentage and two shutouts. He is an unrestricted free agent.

Video: Drew Doughty reacts to winning Norris trophy

ON THE CUSP: Adrian Kempe, LW: He had 11 goals and 17 assists in 55 games with Ontario last season, and he tied for the team lead with four goals in 13 Calder Cup Playoff games. Selected by the Kings in the first round of the 2014 draft (No. 29), the 6-foot-2, 187-pound forward could compete for a bottom-six forward spot. ... Michael Mersch, LW: The 23-year-old made his NHL debut last season and had one goal and two assists in 17 games. He led Ontario with 24 goals and 43 points in 52 AHL games and could be in the hunt for a full-time NHL role.

WHAT THEY STILL NEED: Some offense. The Kings averaged 2.72 goals per game last season but scored two goals or fewer in regulation 45 times and were shut out four times. They scored 11 goals in five playoff games and can't expect to win if they continually rely on Quick. The main addition offensively was Purcell, who has scored more than 20 goals once in nine NHL seasons.

Video: LAK@SJS, Gm3: Pearson goes five-hole for OT winner

PETE JENSEN'S FANTASY FOCUS: With Lucic out of the equation, Tanner Pearson is the best left wing on the roster. He had a strong postseason in 2014 with 12 points, a plus-10 and 53 shots on goal in 24 games, but that level of production hasn't translated through a full regular season. He has had minimal power-play impact in his career (six points in 146 games). Pearson could be reunited with Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter on "That 70s Line" or play on the top line with Kopitar. The top power-play unit likely is set and won't include Pearson, but the 23-year-old has had enough success to warrant late-round consideration in deep leagues. His plus/minus and even-strength scoring could boost your roster.


Teddy Purcell - Anze Kopitar - Marian Gaborik

Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Dustin Brown - Nick Shore - Kyle Clifford

Dwight King - Andy Andreoff - Trevor Lewis

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty

Brayden McNabb - Tom Gilbert

Alec Martinez - Rob Scuderi

Jonathan Quick

Jeff Zatkoff

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