The Kings also got a bounce back season from Dustin Brown. Brown finished second on the team in scoring while playing on Kopitar’s wing. His 61 points was a career high and a drastic increase from his 36 points in the 2016-2017 season. Along with his increase in offensive output, Brown led LA in total hits with 189 over his 81 games played.
Our 2018 Los Angeles Kings season preview finds that the Kings offense should see a boost with Jeff Carter starting the season healthy. Carter was limited to 27 games last season due to an ankle injury. In those games he was second on the team in points per game (0.81) trailing only Kopitar. Along with Carter LA can expect sizable offensive contributions from wingers Tyler Toffoli (24-23-47) and Tanner Pearson (15-25-40).
While Doughty may be the biggest star on the Kings’ roster and a perennial Norris Trophy candidate, LA’s defense looks strong throughout their lineup. Jake Muzzin had a solid season last year finishing with a +10 rating and 42 points and can be counted on to eat solid minutes and contribute on the powerplay. Alec Martinez (9-16-25) plays a very solid two-way game from the backend is a strong second-pair defenseman. Los Angeles also has a very solid young D-man in Derek Forbort. The massive, six-foot-four defenseman had a solid second full season of his NHL career in 2017-2018. Forbort played a crucial shutdown role for the Kings, finishing the season with a +18 rating. He averaged over 20 minutes of ice time per game. After evaluating him, our 2018 Los Angeles Kings season preview expects Forbort to continue his development this upcoming season.
Jack Campbell is likely to get the nod as Quick’s backup. Campbell spent most of the season with the club’s AHL affiliate where he compiled a .912 save percentage and a 2.48 GAA in 26 games played. He was called up late in the season, playing in 5 games for Los Angeles. He was strong in those appearances putting up a 2-0-2 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.48 GAA in the limited sample size.
2018 Los Angeles Kings Season Preview: Outlook
Los Angeles looks to have a very solid team from top to bottom, including a plethora of offensive talent up front, a deep group of defensemen, and an elite goaltender in net. Look for the Kings to finish near the top of the Pacific Division in the 2018-2019 NHL season.
2018 Los Angeles Kings Season Preview: Predictions
Record: 48-27-7= 103 Points
Finish:3rd in the Pacific Division