2010-2011 Projected Kings Line-up

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

  • http://prosportsblogging.com/author/eric-cooney/ Eric Cooney

    The lineup looks pretty accurate, although I’d be hesitant to put Schenn on the fourth line. I think the organization would think he’d be better served to play in junior where he can get 18-20 minutes a night rather than the 5-8 he’d get on the 4th line.

    I know you’re working with the players currently signed, but it’d be nice to have someone to put with Johnson on the second pair, then put Greene in last pair to be with Muzzin or Drewiske, etc. I’d put getting a Top-4 D-man as priority 1 at this point, with getting a Top-6 LW close behind.

  • http://www.theIEsolution.com Gavin Humes

    I agree entirely with the priorities. Regarding Schenn, I think he sticks with the big team this year, unless something changes. He’s got little or nothing left to learn in juniors, and can’t play in the AHL. I think he moves up to take Richardson’s spot after a spell on a lower line getting his feet wet.

    • http://prosportsblogging.com/author/eric-cooney/ Eric Cooney

      Well it looks like the odds of 2 Monarch D-men stepping in got better with Greene out.

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    That said, the Kings are still goign to have trouble against the Canucks this year regardless of Willie Michell