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Predicting the Los Angeles Kings’ Top 5 Penalty Minute Leaders in 2014-15

Predicting the Los Angeles Kings' Top 5 Penalty Minute Leaders in 2014-15

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For as tough as the Los Angeles Kings play, they are shockingly one of the least-penalized teams in the NHL as they had no player reach the century mark in penalty minutes last season. Having said that, they still have some rough customers on the team that will surely be spending some time in the “sin bin.”

5. Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty
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5. Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty
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The all-world defenseman still has some growing up to do as he often takes penalties for running his mouth when calls or plays don’t go his way. While Doughty will surely be in the Norris Trophy conversation, he’ll also take his share of stupid penalties that hurt the team.

4. Mike Richards

Mike Richards has a Chance at Another Historic Comeback
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4. Mike Richards

Mike Richards has a Chance at Another Historic Comeback
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Richards is going to bounce back in a huge way next season and his penalty minutes will rise as his physically dominant style will be on great display. A 50-60 point season with 60-70 penalty minutes for Richards should be a safe bet as he fills out the entire stat sheet seemingly nightly.

3. Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown
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3. Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown
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The team captain is known for his rough-and-tumble style of hockey that sometimes leads to penalties. Brown will surely get a few penalties, but the Kings will certainly take the good with the bad as they thrive off Brown’s physicality night in and night out.

2. Jordan Nolan

Jordan Nolan
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2. Jordan Nolan

Jordan Nolan
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Nolan will be starting the season with a clean slate and look for him to make his usual physical impact early and often next season. Seventy to 80 penalty minutes should be expected as Nolan shows his tenacious prowess all year long.

1. Kye Clifford

Kyle Clifford
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1. Kye Clifford

Kyle Clifford
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The team enforcer is a bona fide heavyweight fighter and isn’t afraid to scrap with the toughest customers in the league. Look for Clifford to eclipse his 81 penalty minutes from last season and lead the team in that category. Many of these will come from fighting majors as a result of sticking up for his teammates.