In what has been a whirlwind summer for the Los Angeles Kings, they have made headlines with the trade for star Mike Richards, signed high-profile defenseman Drew Doughty to a reported eight-year $56-million dollar contract and look ready to be part of the NHL elite.
But as any good coach might tell you, for every Kopitar, Richards and Doughty on the team, you need a wealth of other players who will do their job night-in and night-out and give 110-percent every shift.
The Kings don't just have a shot at being a premier team because of the all-star caliber talents on the roster. They have a shot at being a premier team because they have a supporting cast of non-household names making a difference.
Every team has their unsung heroes, and in Los Angeles, the time for the Kings blue-collar players to hit center stage is now.