Los Angeles Kings: NHL Season in Review

Alan BassSenior Writer IJune 11, 2008

Here is the season review for the Los Angeles Kings for the 2007-2008 NHL season.

2007-2008 Record: 32-43-7, 71 points, fifth in Pacific, fifteenth in West.

Head Coach: Marc Crawford

General Manager: Dean Lombardi

Top Three Players: Anze Kopitar, Alexander Frolov, Michael Cammalleri

Team MVP: Anze Kopitar, F, 82-32-45-77-22, minus-15.  Kopitar was the only real ray of hope this year for the Los Angeles Kings.  He played extremely well on a talent-less team.

Rookie of the Year: Jack Johnson, D.  Johnson, in his first NHL season, he amassed eleven points in 76 games.  His plus/minus rating was extremely low, but you cannot blame him, because he is playing on the second-worst team in the NHL.  He has great potential, though, and is a great defensive defenseman.

Bust: Michal Handzus, F.  He played horribly this year, and did not even reach thirty points.

Surprise: None.  No player on this team played well enough to deserve this honor.

Playoffs: Did not qualify.

Season Analysis: The LA Kings have been a bad team for many years, and they do not look to be improving.  They have the second pick in the draft, and they will most likely take either Drew Doughty or Zach Bogosian.

Lombardi needs to sign some good players, and it should not be hard, as there are many players who would be thrilled to play in Hollywood.

They need to revamp their entire lineup, and they can’t take their time.  They need to be back in the playoffs within the next three years, which is indeed possible.  They have some great young guys who will be able to take this team the distance.