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Predicting The Los Angeles Kings’ Top 5 Leading Scorers in 2014-15

Predicting The Los Angeles Kings' Top 5 Leading Scorers in 2014-15

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The Los Angeles Kings are returning the majority of a team that has won two of the last three Stanley Cups, and will be looking to make it three in four years. With the nucleus intact, look for the usual suspects to be among the team’s leading scorers next year, with one somewhat new face in the mix.

5. Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty
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5. Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty
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The all-world defenseman does more than just rack up points, but look for him to be among the team’s leading scorers next season. 45-55 points and a Norris Trophy nomination are realistic expectations for No. 8.

4. Justin Williams

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4. Justin Williams

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The Conn Smythe winner will be up to his usual consistent ways and will provide timely scoring in the team’s top six. 50-60 points in his contract year will surely lead to a big payday with L.A. or elsewhere.

3. Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter
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3. Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter
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The sniper is a sleeper for 40-45 goals, and will be the straw that stirs the drink on the second line all year long. 70 points is not a reach after Carter’s amazing playoff showing.

2. Marian Gaborik

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2. Marian Gaborik

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The speedster came over at the deadline and came up aces seemingly nightly during the Kings’ playoff run. With a new contract in hand, look for Gaborik to have a renaissance 75-point season if he is healthy.

1. Anze Kopitar

Anze Kopitar
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1. Anze Kopitar

Anze Kopitar
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Even on a team built on depth, few players are as important as Anze Kopitar is to the Kings. Despite his dedication to team defense, Kopitar will lead the team in scoring, with 80-85 points being a realistic target for the Slovenian sniper.