It's easy to know what's coming, or what you are getting with a first-round draft pick or a first-line center. There are no surprises, no mysteries, and these players usually come with high expectations.
Then there are the players no one sees coming. Players whose impact not even the wisest of hockey minds could predict. They come in all ages, with different back stories. There's the late-round draft pick, the washed-up veteran, the "second chance at a career" guy.
These are the stories that compel us so much in the game of hockey. They're not always the headliners. They're the average Joes who go from zero to hero in front of our very eyes.
Here are just a few of the Los Angeles Kings' most surprising players in franchise history.