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2015 Draft Preview – Los Angeles Kings needed the break

The analytics crowd are quick to point out the possession-dominating Kings missing the playoffs was a stats anomaly. The purists say possession stats mean nothing if you don’t possess a playoff spot after 82 regular season games. What can’t be argued is Los Angeles played a league-high 64 games the past three playoffs. The time off this spring will do their bodies good.
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The analytics crowd are quick to point out the possession-dominating Kings missing the playoffs was a stats anomaly. The purists say possession stats mean nothing if you don’t possess a playoff spot after 82 regular season games. What can’t be argued is Los Angeles played a league-high 64 games the past three playoffs. The time off this spring will do their bodies good.

Picks

Round 1, pick 13

Round 2, pick 43

Round 3, pick 74

Round 4, pick 104

Round 5, pick 134

Round 7, picks 187, 194

Short-Term Needs

The Kings couldn’t score goals down the stretch if their playoff lives literally depended upon it. They won two Stanley Cups with an offense that was bottom-tier in the NHL. It was middle of the pack this year, but with a thinned out defense corps, all those extra shot attempts didn’t make a difference on the scoreboard. More secondary scoring is needed.

Long-Term Needs

The retirement of Robyn Regehr and the uncertain future of Slava Voynov is shining a spotlight on the fact the Kings have little blueline depth in Los Angeles and throughout their system. With Andrej Sekera a UFA and Matt Greene slowing down, Los Angeles needs reinforcements now and in the long term.

Cap Situation

GM Dean Lombardi erred in not making Mike Richards a compliance buyout last summer, so Richards’ $5.75-million cap hit the next five seasons will keep the Kings on a tight budget for the time being. The potential loss of pending UFAs Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll and Sekera will be countered by promotions from within rather than the free agent front.

In the System 2015-16

Center Nick Shore got a good taste of action and is bound to produce more with added responsibilities. Adrian Kempe, a first-rounder from 2014, is a cheap alternative to slot in among the top-nine forwards.

Did You Know

Thomas Hickey, L.A.’s first round pick in 2007, spent six seasons in the system before finally getting an NHL chance with the Islanders in 2013. Derek Forbort, L.A.’s first round pick in 2010, just finished his fifth season in the system without an NHL taste.

THN will be releasing its Team Reports from Draft Preview for each of the 30 NHL franchises in the week leading up to the NHL Draft. Read them in our “Draft” channel.

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