Kings Enter 2013-2014 As Deepest Team In The NHL
Special to The Hockey Guys
The Los Angeles Kings might have come up just short in defending the 2012 Stanley Cup championship, but the team is as loaded as ever. That is why they, not the Chicago Blackhawks, are the deepest team in the NHL heading into the new season.
When the Kings and Blackhawks met in the Western Conference Finals, it was the ultimate matchup for fans. Although it only lasted 5 games, it clearly showed that these were the 2 best teams in the conference. Los Angeles finished with the #5 seed during the lockout shortened season, but with so few games to work with, they shouldn’t be overlooked.
It all begins upfront for the Los Angeles Kings, and they have a variety of players to turn to. Anze Kopitar appears to be a star in the making, while Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Dustin Brown have all proved just how valuable they can be throughout the years. What puts the Kings above other teams is the fact that they can also turn to guys like Justin Williams, Jarrett Stoll, Trevor Lewis and more for some nice depth. Adding Matt Frattin to the mix could make them even more dangerous.
Defensively, the Kings are one of the best, and deepest, teams in the league. Drew Doughty is the star back there, although Slava Voynov could be stealing the spotlight sooner rather than later, take note for your fantasy hockey draft. These guys would not be able to have as much success as they’ve had if not for other solid defenders such as Willie Mitchel, Robyn Regehr, Alex Martinez and Matt Greene flanking them.
Of course, it is pretty easy to be a solid defender when you know you have Jonathan Quick in goal. Not only is he young and athletic, but he is now been around long enough to be counted on night in and night out. He was a major reason why Los Angeles was able to win the Stanley Cup in 2012, and if the team is to pull off another, he will have to be solid yet again.