Los Angeles Kings: 5 Players to Build Around In 2014-15

Los Angeles Kings' 5 Players to Build Around in 2014

Los Angeles Kings 5 Players to Build Around in 2014
USA Today Sports-Richard Mackson

There are few holes on the Los Angeles Kings' roster headed into the 2014 season. The Kings are built to last, with all of their biggest contributors from last season's Cup-winning team coming back next year. The team has used trades and free agency to bolster their roster and set up for another run at the Cup in 2014-15. The Kings will look to become the first team since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings to repeat as Stanley Cup champs.

5. Anze Kopitar

Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports- Gary A. Vasquez

5. Anze Kopitar

Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports- Gary A. Vasquez

The talented Slovenian is a dual-threat on the Kings' top offensive line. His goal-scoring ability is coupled by his top-tier passing prowess. Kopitar was among the playoff leaders in points, and he will be expected to do so once again next season.

4. Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Gary A. Vasquez

4. Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Gary A. Vasquez

While it was not officially a coming-out party for Doughty, the two-time Stanley Cup champion emerged on a national scale as one of the league's best defensemen. He is a gifted skater with a knack for scoring big goals. The young Canadian Olympian played major minutes and should be considered a perennial Norris Trophy candidate for years to come.

3. Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Kirby Lee

3. Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Kirby Lee

The captain of the Kings may not put up the same offensive numbers as his teammates, but his value goes well beyond putting the puck in the net. Brown is the voice in the locker room who gets his team ready before and during games. He forechecks tenaciously and draws penalties. He infuriates the opposition with his style of play while rallying the troops on his own bench. Brown is a key player in the City of Angels.

2. Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Richard Mackson

2. Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Richard Mackson

He's a two-time Stanley Cup champion, Conn Smythe winner, NHL All-Star and Vezina nominee. Quick has been a brick wall in the net for the Kings, and his play was strong once again in leading the Kings to another Stanley Cup. The Kings have him locked up until 2022-23, and his ability to play his best when it matters most makes him such a key component in L.A.'s title defense. Good teams need a strong goalie, and Quick is definitely one.

1. Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Brad Penner

1. Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Brad Penner

Somehow the Kings were able to re-sign Gaborik to a long-term deal after most assumed he would make major money on the free-agent market. But, a full season in the Kings' system will make Gaborik a giant weapon out in the Western Conference. He scored countless big goals in the playoffs, and combined with Kopitar, he will create a scary duo for any opponent.

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