The Los Angeles Kings have never won a Stanley Cup.
They’ve only won one Conference Championship and one Division Championship in their 43-year history; and yet, they are on the verge of a virtual stranglehold of the very tumultuous Pacific Division.
They have a young team with strong veteran leadership. Their offense combines the strong, scoring power forwards of Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll with the finesse, accuracy, and experience of Marco Sturm and Michal Handzus.
Their defense is strong up front with Johnson, Scuderi, and Doughty, and their starting goal-tending has been arguably among the top five in the league since last year.
This season, they are struggling.
But even though they are currently sitting last in the Pacific Division and 12th in the Western Conference, their prospects, salary situation, and current talent over the next few years are all reasons why things might start looking up.
They have the look of the 2008-2009 Chicago Blackhawks. They are young, fast, smart, and strong. They have the ability to make great physical plays, along with consistent goal-tending and a will to win.
So let’s break down the top 10 reasons why if they continue drafting, developing, signing, and coaching at the level they have been the past few years, the LA Kings could start running away with the Pacific Division in years to come.