Trending Upward: LA Kings Bound to Rebound in 2018-2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Jeff Carter #77 and Tyler Toffoli #73 of the Los Angeles Kings laugh during warm up before the game against the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on October 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Jeff Carter #77 and Tyler Toffoli #73 of the Los Angeles Kings laugh during warm up before the game against the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on October 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 7: Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings takes a water break before a game against the Dallas Stars at STAPLES Center on April 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NHLI via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 7: Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings takes a water break before a game against the Dallas Stars at STAPLES Center on April 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Jeff Carter – Give this one an asterisk as it was a rough season for Jeff Carter, limited to only 27 gp this season he still scored 22 points and was producing at the rate he did in the shortened 2013 season. Carter scored 11 goals in March alone.

Injury-plagued the LA Kings forward this season and he seemed to be back to form when he returned for a playoff push in 2018. I don’t think he was 100% when he came back which is scary because we know what he can do when he’s firing on all cylinders.

Carter is going into his 14th season and after this year he will have been an LA King longer than he was a Flyer. Carter happens to play a full season every other year so that’s something to look forward to!

Will he be the Carter that netted 32g in 16-17? That might be a little much to ask of the aging forward but averaging out his most recent 5 seasons expect him to score 27 goals this year. I could be wrong, Carter could have a second breath of his career, which is weird to say because he never really had a bad season.

Carter will get the “bounce back” title this season because a shortened season is always a drag statistically. 27-30 goals and 65-70 points from the second line forward this season.