For a long time now, the talk around the Kings organization has been the youth. It's been about the rich pipeline and the embarrassment of wealth in prospects and picks. It's been about Canadian Major Junior standouts and World Junior Championship competitors.
But for the Kings, the real future is right now.
Poised on what could be one of the biggest seasons for the team in recent memory, they turn to a lineup full of grizzled vets like Rob Scuderi and Willie Mitchell to lead the way. But for the Kings to earn their place among the leagues elite, they will have to get contributions from a youthful group quickly coming of age.