In just over a week the Kings will be in Minnesota for their first game of the ’13-’14 season. Over the next few days we will go over the major statistical categories and take a guess at who will end the regular season atop that category. Here we go.
During the last year’s lockout shortened season, Anze Kopitar finished atop the Kings roster in points with ten goals and 32 assists for a total of 42 points. Coming in nine points behind Kopitar with 11 goals and 22 assists was Justin Williams and rounding out the top three-point getters with 33 points as well was Jeff Carter with 26 goals and seven assists.
Of course outside of the top three scorers there are players that are more than capable of catching fire and grabbing a good amount points next season. Mike Richards, who came in fourth in scoring last season has hit the 30-goal mark twice in his career and has maxed out at 80 points in 79 games during the ’08-’09 season.
It will be interesting to see the effect that Tyler Toffoli will have on the season’s point totals. If he ends up playing top six minutes with either of the top two lines, he definitely has the potential to boost the numbers of those around them. But you have to remember that he is a rookie and could also hinder a player or two’s totals.
Kopitar has led the Kings in scoring for the last seven years. I think it is safe to say that he is likely the favorite to come out of the regular season as the scoring champion. But, if Carter were to find a way to chip in a little more than seven assists he may give Kopitar a run for his money.