The Kings were eliminated by San Jose in the first round after a solid season. They finished second in the division at 102 points, posting a 48-28-6 record. This came after a season where they became the second team in history to miss the playoffs the year after winning the Cup. To be honest, though, I’m not very impressed with them for this upcoming season.
Los Angeles made almost no additions this offseason. Meanwhile, they lost grit and offense with the departure of Lucic. The addition of Teddy Purcell makes up for some of the production lost from Lucic, but it certainly doesn’t improve them.
Their defense and goaltending stays strong, and, again, they will only go as far as that takes them. They re-signed defenseman Brayden McNabb to a 2 year, $3.4 million contract and key penalty-killer, Trevor Lewis, to a 4 year, $8 million extension.
Also re-signing was coach Darryl Sutter for two more years and an option for a third.
I look at the division, and it is going to be tough for LA. San Jose has finally gotten over the hump despite losing in the finals. Anaheim will be top 3 team. There’s also a young Calgary team on the rise that could compete for a spot. In the wild card race you also have Minnesota with Bruce Boudreau, Nashville, and possibly Colorado. It’s hard to predict where the Kings will end up. I think they most likely will make the playoffs, but I don’t see them contending for the Stanley Cup.