In the late 2000s, fans and the media looked at the Los Angeles Kings as a team with tremendous potential.
They underachieved in the next few years and barely made the playoffs in 2011-12. What happened next was one of the most dominant playoff runs in recent NHL history, as the Kings went on to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
A loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the conference final ended their bid for a repeat in 2012-13, but the Kings appear poised to make another run this year. And, they have the pieces in place to remain a contender for the next five-plus years.
With that said, here are the five most promising signs for the Kings' future.