By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on August 23, 2014
As the Los Angeles Kings prepare to begin their title defense, questions linger about the team’s scoring. Despite being a playoff juggernaut, regular season scoring has been at times hard to come by during Darryl Sutter’s tenure as Head Coach.
The captain is due for a bounce back season and will look to make scoring goals as regular as throwing big hits once again. 20-25 goals for Brown is a safe bet as the multi-facet portions of Brown’s game will again be on display.
The former OHL star came up aces several times as a rookie last season in the Kings’ run and will see a more expanded role this season. Toffoli is a natural born goal scorer and will be a safe bet next season to score 20-25 goals.
Kopitar is an adept playmaker and two-way threat, but he doesn’t lack goal scoring ability. Kopiatr led the Kings in regular season goals last season with 29 and should be right around that figure again in 2014-2015.
Carter was en fuego during the Stanley Cup run and will look to carry that into the season. Few players have the pure scoring abilities that Carter does and he will put that to good use netting 25-30 goals during the season.
Gaborik enters his first full season with the Kings with a hefty new contract and riding the wave of a postseason for the ages. If Gaborik can remain healthy look for the Slovak to net between 30-40 goals and pace the Kings in that category.
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