The Los Angeles Kings were bumping along for most of the season.
The talent was obvious with Jonathan Quick in goal, Drew Doughty on defense along with Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown on offense. However, they could not establish themselves in the regular season and didn't assure themselves of the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoffs until the final week of the season.
Once the playoffs started, it was another story. The Kings not only found their stride, they became the breakout story of the year. They rolled through the Western Conference playoffs and then defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games to win their first Stanley Cup championship.
Here's a look at the breakout players, coaches and teams for the 2012-13 NHL season.