By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on August 24, 2014
The Los Angeles Kings generate their offense through puck movement and turning turnovers defensively into offensive scoring chances offensively. With the way the team passes the puck, assist numbers should be pretty high throughout the 2014-15 season. These five players will pace the Kings in assists and facilitate in a manner that improves the play of their teammates.
Despite not registering eye-popping offensive numbers during the playoffs, Slava Voynov is a key part of the Kings’ blue line and great puck mover. Look for the young Russian to have at least 30 assists as he facilitates the puck up the ice in a manner that his forwards surely appreciate.
The former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers is due to bounce back, and do so in a big way -- 30 assists as part of a 60 point comeback season should be in line as Richards re-establishes himself as an elite NHL player.
While Jeff Carter may be seen as more of a goal scorer, his nifty hands and elite vision make him as dangerous dishing the puck as he is shooting it. I think 30-35 assist should be in line as Carter elevates the play of his young linemates in Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli.
The all-world defenseman makes moving the puck look easy and is adept at quarterbacking a power play to boot. Look for Drew Doughty to be up over the 35 assist mark as he serves as the backbone of the Kings and plays his way into the Norris Trophy conversation.
“The Slovenian Setup Man” is one of the best passers in the game and led the Kings in assists in both the regular season and playoffs in 2013-14. Look for that trend to continue as Anze Kopitar again hits the 40 assist mark and makes creating offense look almost effortless as the Kings look to defend their Stanley Cup.
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