NHL’s upcoming season will have some certainty: Colorado Avalanche, defending Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay Chargers and Vegas Golden Cavaliers will perform well; Oilers stars Connor McDavid and Leon Drey Settle and Toronto Maple Leafs star Allston Matthews will accumulate points. The league’s referee standard will change from the regular season to the playoffs.
We all know all these.
But there will be surprises this season. One of the biggest teams is likely to be the Los Angeles Kings-this team has missed the playoffs for five of the past seven years, and they have not won the playoffs since winning the Cup in 2013-14. This year will not be easy for them, but the Kings have made enough acquisitions this summer, and there are enough talents from the team that won the cup to become the potential team of the author of this article, so that you can get close. Follow 2021-22.
“Rob Blake has always been patient with his team, and I think this year’s patience will be rewarded,” a professional scout told THN.com this week on the condition that his name is not revealed. “I’m not saying that Los Angeles has enough ability to win a series of playoff games, but in that (Pacific) division? I can definitely see that they have made enough progress to become one of the top four teams. They will definitely make some People are surprised.”
You can see why this scout is optimistic about the Kings this season. After they finished sixth in the Western Conference last year, Blake did not make a big change. Instead, he targeted several key areas and pursued veterans who could help make a difference.
Blake signed a pair of unrestricted free agents-former Montreal Canadian Philip Danott and former Vancouver Canucks Alex Edler-to support second-line center and defensive positions respectively; he traded To winger Victor Avidson, who has twice scored more than 30 goals for the Nashville Predators; according to CapFriendly.com data, he left some leeway on the salary cap—— Approximately $2.7 million in usable space-to adjust as the season unfolds.
In short, Blake kept most of his team intact and added skill and depth to give them an advantage this year. The team’s coach Todd McClellan’s acquiescence in the 2021-22 season gives them confidence that they will stay together for most of the time, and their core veterans, especially center Anze Kopita, wingers Dustin Brown, blue player Drew Dowty and goalkeeper Jonathan Quick will be there to help young players continue to grow. Another option is to trade these veterans, but their core has won the right to win two cup championships in three years.
“Listen, were Kopitar, Doughty, Quick, and Brown the players when they won the cup? No, they weren’t – but they still have the ability to contribute,” the scout said. “Even if Avidson only gives you 20 (goals) and Danno gives you 15 (goals), these two players will make it more difficult for them to fight. If you protect Edler’s playing time, You will make him more influential than in the past few years (in Vancouver); if you don’t ask Doughty’s world, he can give you reliable minutes. Load management is important to many people on this team, but they (Back) The department may be the weakest in the league. If (Goalkeeper Carl) Peterson and Quick stick to the end, I can definitely see them take the next step as a young unit and capture (Pacific ) One of the last few positions.”
In the flat-top era that the NHL is now experiencing, it is almost impossible for the Kings to dismantle all of them, especially the contract that Brown and Quick are basically unable to trade. So Blake did what he could, traded with geniuses like Trevor Moore and Andreas Atanasio, and developed what he could do from the inside. Now, he has achieved a fairly balanced combination of youth and experience, championship pedigree and championship desire, expertise and knowledge that he wants to know. In the Pacific, the Golden Cavaliers and Oilers are the only playoff teams not to be missed. This combination may be enough to elevate the Kings’ ship to a level that has not been reached since the 2017-18 season, when they get in the division. In fourth place.
Is this their guarantee? No, especially in the Olympic year, injuries and compressed regular season schedules may adversely affect them. However, if you are looking for a long shot opportunity to break the Apple Car in the Pacific and get a place in the toughest game of hockey, then you might be worse than choosing the Kings. They are a potential team worth a try.