By Shane Darrow on August 4, 2014
The Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup twice in the last three years, but trust me, they aren't done just yet. Here are five reasons why they will repeat next year and become the first team to win the Stanley Cup three times in four years since the Edmonton Oilers accomplished the feat from 1985-88.
Head coach Darryl Sutter may be one of the most emotionless men in hockey, but he has installed a system that has proved itself time and time again. While other teams in the Western Conference are continuously adding players to try and topple the Kings, Sutter has a concrete, proven plan of attack put into place that has shown itself to be the superior game plan in the NHL.
Of the 18 skaters who were in the lineup when the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012, 13 of them were in the lineup when the Kings won the Stanley Cup again last year. With nearly three-quarters of the roster having two Stanley Cup rings, the Kings have a core group of players who have made winning the norm. There are dozens of star players around the NHL, but it's tough to argue that there is another franchise with a better core group of players.
Who would have guessed at the beginning of last year's postseason that Justin Williams would end up winning the Conn Smythe Trophy? Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick may be the two best players for Los Angeles, but Williams has emerged as the x-factor and will continue to help the Kings' winning ways.
Justin Williams may have been the biggest surprise during the Kings' Stanley Cup run, but no team wins the big one without having a star defenseman running the blue line. During the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Drew Doughty was arguably Canada's best player, and he continued his hot streak when the NHL season picked back up. He has not only become one of the most consistent players in the league, but also one of the best power play quarterbacks.
When the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012, Jonathan Quick put together the most impressive goaltending performance in recent memory during the playoffs, but last year's title run was a completely different story. The Kings counted on their offense in order to win, and Quick just didn't look like himself. Next year, he will bounce back when LA reaches the playoffs and once again be the main reason why it hoists the greatest trophy in sports.
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