LA Kings: Top five hottest starts to career with organization

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1. Wayne Gretzky

To this day, it is regarded as the biggest trade in sports — not just hockey — history.

In an earth-shattering trade, Wayne Gretzky was traded to the upstart LA Kings and wasted no time giving fans in Los Angeles what they wanted to see.

As mentioned, Gretzky holds the franchise record for most consecutive games with a goal to start a Kings career with four. However, No. 99 would go on a 23-game point streak to begin his career with his new team, amassing 16 goals and 29 assists during that span.

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In 74 games for the Kings in 1988-89, Gretzky would score 54 goals and 114 assists for 168 points. His efforts earned him a record ninth Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP before leading his new team to a first-round upset of the defending Stanley Cup champions, his former team, the Edmonton Oilers.