Los Angeles Kings: 5 Players Who Must Bounce Back in 2014-15

Los Angeles Kings: 5 Players Who Need to Bounce Back in 2014-15

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Despite winning the 2014 Stanley Cup, the Los Angeles Kings still have players who are looking to bounce back after below average years in 2013-14. A return to form from these players will surely make the team’s goal of defending their Stanley Cup much closer to becoming reality.

5. Marian Gaborik

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5. Marian Gaborik

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Gaborik doesn’t need to bounce back so much as he needs to stay healthy, which has been an issue during his career. If Gaborik can stay healthy for the duration of the season, he is a lock to score 30 goals -- and 40-plus is not out of the question.

4. Slava Voynov

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4. Slava Voynov

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Voynov had a solid regular season, but a subpar playoff offensively. Putting his below-average playoff behind him would allow him to post 40-plus points and be an integral part of the Kings’ attack.

3. Jeff Schultz

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3. Jeff Schultz

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The veteran defenseman spent the entire regular season in the minor leagues before playing important minutes in the Kings’ playoff series win against the Anaheim Ducks. Schultz re-signed with the Kings and will be looked upon to reestablish himself as a legitimate NHL player.

2. Dustin Brown

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2. Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown
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After signing a massive contract extension that will all but assure the captain ends his career in L.A. Brown had his worst season since he was a teenaged rookie in 2003-04. Look for Brown to get back to his offensive prowess as he posts 20-25 goals while bringing his usual physical presence.

1. Mike Richards

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1. Mike Richards

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After struggling through the regular seasons and playoffs, there was talk that the former Flyers’ captain could be bought out despite the Kings winning their second Stanley Cup in three seasons. The Kings showed faith in Richards by bringing him back, and he will be looking to reward their faith with a return to form in 2014-15.