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 this series we have already talked about who will lead the Kings in points and goals next season. Now let’s take a little bit of a break from the offense and take a look at the nitty-gritty. Let’s talk about who will spend the most time in the Sin Bin next season.
Obviously, time in the box is nothing to glorify. Penalties can hurt a team in so many ways, it can swing the momentum towards the other team, take one of your influential players off the ice for an extended amount of time and ultimately end up with the puck in the back of your net.
But hockey is a high-speed and physical sport and penalties are going to happen, whether it come from hard play or a blatant slash.
Let’s face it the Kings are an intense, hard-hitting team that likes to mix things up in the corners and will not back down from a physical opponent. So penalties are going to happen.
This will obviously carter to the scrappier player that are known to drop the gloves from time to time. So youngsters like Kyle Clifford, who lead the team with 53-PIMs last season and Jordan Nolan who came in second with 46 should both be contenders for the top spot in this category.
Let’s not rule out the rest of the physical players on the Kings though. Players like Dwight King and Mike Richards are no stranger to dropping the gloves and spending time in the box.