Saying the Los Angeles Kings season so far has being disappointing is an understatement. After an inspirational playoff run last year that led to the team winning their first Stanley Cup, fans had high hopes for the Kings this year. The Kings lineup looks as good as it did last year and very few people bet they wouldn’t be one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
The team has stumbled out of the gate winning only three of their first ten games. Very few of their players had a start they would be happy with. The Kings didn’t get the luxury of blaming the start as a Stanley Cup hangover because of the extended off-season due to the lockout.
Although the Kings seemed down and out, the team has won five of their last six games and has looked much better than previously this season. Dean Lombardi made another nice move by acquiring Keaton Ellerby from the Florida Panthers with a 5th round draft pick. Ellerby was drafted 10th overall in 2007 and could definitely provide some size and skill to the defense. In only seven games, Ellerby has had a quiet but good start for the Kings with an assist and has been a plus-3.
Jeff Carter has been the Kings best forward leading the team with nine goals in only 16 games. He has also been hot lately scoring in each of their last three games. Slava Voynov has had a nice start to his sophomore season with seven points in 16 games. The young defenseman also leads his team with a plus-10. Although the Kings have underachieved, their play lately has shown they are ready to climb back up in the standings into a playoff position.