Evaluation: Terry Murray - LA Kings Insider

This season: 46-30-6 record (2-4 in playoffs).
The good: Eight out of 30 NHL teams recorded at least 98 points in each of the past two seasons. The Kings were one of them. They could do far worse (and have) than having the patient, organized Murray behind the bench, even if his on-camera demeanor and plain, sometimes repetitive answers don’t always play well to an often-anxious fan base. The Kings had a plus-21 goal differential, the fifth-best in the Western Conference and better than that of Detroit, which totaled 261 goals this season to the Kings’ 219 goals. Defense wins just as many games as offense — see: Predators, Nashville — and the Kings are unquestionably one of the league’s top defensive teams.
The bad: In terms of offensive improvement, Murray had two publicly-stated goals at the beginning of the season: improve 5-on-5 scoring and improve the Kings’ puck possession on offensive-zone entries. The Kings made only a negligible improvement in 5-on-5 scoring (148 goals, up from 145) and too often — either by design or player instinct, or some combination thereof — the offense devolved into dump-and-chase mode at the first sign of resistance in the neutral zone. Murray must find a way to improve puck possession without sacrificing his defensive bread-and-butter and, perhaps most importantly, he must improve the power play.
Going forward: Winning games by scores of 4-3 might be more exciting than winning them 2-1, but it’s no more or less effective. To borrow a phrase, “sexy” hockey isn’t always the most-effective hockey. Murray’s challenge is to take this team to the next level and have it be a season-long contender for the division title. The Kings shouldn’t need a fantastic February just to make the playoffs. Murray also needs some help. He needs a motivated, in-shape Dustin Penner and, perhaps, some further help from Dean Lombardi to improve the team’s skill level.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.