The Kings ranked second to last in goals-per-game during the 2011-12 season, and if it were not for a career year in net by Vezina Trophy candidate and Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick, the Kings may have not have even gotten into the playoffs.
Anze Kopitar was the team's leading scorer with only 25 goals, and Justin Williams and Dustin Brown followed closely behind him with 22 goals each.
The Kings only averaged 2.29 goals per game during the 2011-12 regular season. Only the Minnesota Wild were behind them, with 2.02 goals per game.
The team obviously picked up its production in the playoffs, with Brown, Kopitar and Jeff Carter scoring eight goals each during the team's playoff runs. The team finished the playoffs with a 2.85 goals per game on average.
It is clear that the team already has enough talent on the roster to put up more goals per game—that became evident in the playoffs—and there is also not much left on the free-agent market to improve the team's offensive production, with the exception of former Phoenix Coyote captain Shane Doan.
Doan is a 16-year veteran who has scored 50 plus points in all but one season since the 1999-00 season (he scored 49 during the 2001-02 season). He has also been praised for his leadership ability and is often mentioned in the conversation as one of the best captains in the NHL.
The question with Doan is where he would fit in with the Kings.
Brown made it clear that he is the unquestioned captain in Los Angeles after the team's historic playoff run, despite his name being mentioned around the trade deadline earlier in the year.
Doan has been a constant professional through his career and would have no problem falling in behind Brown in a leadership role. However, the team already has two solid right wingers in Williams and Carter to fill out the first two lines.
If Doan would be willing to take the playing time of a third liner, the Kings would have three lines that would all be major threats to score.
The Kings' third line would then consist of Dustin Penner, who under produced tremendously last year and was held back by a pancake-eating incident, Jarrett Stoll, who led the team in faceoff percentage during the regular season and also showed flashes of his potential in the playoffs, and of course, Doan.
That would be a third line that has more potential and talent than most other teams' first lines. If the team found proper chemistry, the Kings could easily lead the league in goals per game.
Even if the Kings do not end up picking up Doan, they still have enough talent on their roster to be among the league leaders in goals per game. They just need to play with the determination and grit that they played with throughout the playoffs.