Here’s a first look at what the Kings roster may look like when the season opens up on October 9th against the Vancouver Canucks. There are obviously a number of things that have yet to be determined, including (but not limited to) the signing of an addition forward, possibly another defenseman, how they handle the goaltending situation, as well as the prospects that step up in September. This is just my first look at the team and how things may shake out.
Line 1: Ryan Smyth – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Line 2: Brad Richardson – Jarret Stoll – Dustin Brown
Line 3: Alexei Ponikarovsky – Michal Handzus – Wayne Simmonds
Line 4: Brayden Schenn – Trevor Lewis – Scott Parse
Defense 1: Rob Scuderi – Drew Doughty
Defense 2: Jack Johnson -Matt Greene
Defense 3: Davis Drewiske – Jacob Muzzin
Goaltender 1: Jonathan Quick
Goaltender 2: Jonathan Bernier
A few brief thoughts before I sign off for today. First, the Richardson slot on the 2nd line is obviously very vulnerable. His flexibility is one of the reasons he’s a favorite of mine (and apparently the coaching staff), and he’d do more than fine bumped back to the 3rd or 4th line if Ponikarovsky picks up his game, or if Schenn or Lewis (or Parse or somebody to be named) turn it on this pre-season. I think this is the year Lewis has to make a name for himself. It’s now or never, and the same is the case for Parse. Both will need to show something this season, but if they do, the Kings will have a solid lineup 1-4.
On defense, I’m not certain about the pairings, and it’s certainly possible Drewiske loses his spot to Hickey or Voinov. Muzzin seems like the most likely bet to make the team out of camp, but a slow start could easily open the door for one of the other youngsters to step up. I’d also be on the lookout for Peter Harrold to fill in for injuries or any other necessities that the coaching staff feels are a problem.
So what do you think? Agree with the lineup? Think I’m insane (for this or other reasons)? What would you change. Assume, for now, that we make no more signings or trades.
Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky Anze Kopitar Brad Richardson Brayden Schenn Davis Drewiske Drew Doughty Dustin Brown Jack Johnson Jacob Muzzin Jarret Stoll Jonathan Bernier Jonathan Quick Justin Williams Lineup Los Angeles Kings Michal Handzus Peter Harrold Rob Scuderi Ryan Smyth Scott Parse Thomas Hickey Trevor Lewis Vancouver Canucks Vyacheslav Voynov Wayne Simmonds