|Los Angeles Kings||
|Jonathan Quick (AP)|
The Kings finally put all the potential together last season and won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history based largely on the strength of their drafts. They could make almost two whole quality teams in this fictional world.
After what Kopitar and Brown did in the postseason this year, we'll keep them together and hopefully Cammalleri can fit right in like Justin Williams did. Playing with Kopitar and Brown won't hurt Cammalleri, that's for certain.
With Boyle and Simmonds on the wings, we're looking at a big and physical line here on the second unit but one that can also score. Jokinen has bounced around a lot in his career but has stayed pretty consisten in his ability to score. None of these guys are in L.A. anymore, but after a meet and greet it ain't so bad.
In real life Frolov didn't find his first season outside of L.A. to be fruitful but when he was with the Kings he was more than capable of scoring. Schenn might be capable of matching that scoring punch, we'll still have to see and Lewis doesn't add much on the offense. It isn't a line made in match heaven, but it has third-line tendencies with a shot at scoring, too.
Offensive Scratch: Kyle Clifford
Wow, the Kings have some serious depth available. Clifford gets the spot over Jordan Nolan, David Steckel, Dwight King, Jeff Tambellini, Andrei Loktionov and George Parros as he combines a little offensive production with a physical edge, including the ability to drop the gloves.
Two All-Stars from last season in the same pairing? Gee, what a tough life for the Kings this will be. Doughty is a budding superstar and Timonen has proven throughout his career that he is a star, or at the least a top-pairing guy.
Another pairing of a veteran with a young kid, hopefully they fit like salt and pepper instead of oil and vinegar. Visnovsky saw a massive drop in his offensive production last season, so hopefully for L.A. he still has that in him and can recapture it. Voynov had a very solid rookie campaign and has a lot to look forward to.
Defensive Scratch: Alec Martinez
Like the center spot, there are multiple NHL-quality players for this spot. I'll go with Martinez over Aaron Rome, Joe Corvo and Andreas Lilja. But I'll tell you, L.A. is going to have a pretty sweet AHL team.
So this tandem worked out pretty well this last season in real life, didn't it? I'd say so. With Quick as the starter it doesn't matter too much who the backup is but Bernier has his own bright future to look forward to. We're leaving Cristobal Huet in the AHL (or Europe) in favor of the Jonathans.