May 2011 - Page 3 of 6 - LA Kings Insider
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Evaluation: Dean Lombardi

DEAN LOMBARDI This season: 46-30-6 record (2-4 in playoffs). The good: In terms of drafting the development of young players, Lombardi's tenure has been a success. He has brought in players such as Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez, Jonathan Bernier, Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis and Oscar Moller, as we... Read More
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Evaluation: Terry Murray

TERRY MURRAY 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-c... Read More
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Player evaluation: Zeiler

JOHN ZEILER This season: 4 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 penalty minutes, 5:35 average ice time. The good: Known mostly for his hitting and skating, Zeiler drew praise in Manchester this season for his improved all-around game and finished with 28 points in 69 games for the Monarchs. Zeiler has a... Read More
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Player evaluation: Williams

JUSTIN WILLIAMS This season: 73 games, 22 goals, 35 assists, 59 penalty minutes, 17:15 average ice time. The good: Williams reported to training camp in good shape and it showed, as he recorded his first 20-goal season since 2006-07. It's probably not a coincidence that Williams' line -- regardl... Read More
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Player evaluation: Westgarth

KEVIN WESTGARTH This season: 56 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 105 penalty minutes, 5:26 average ice time. The good: Until Anze Kopitar got injured late in the regular season, it seemed unlikely that Westgarth would even play in the playoffs. Who would have guessed, then, that not only would Westgar... Read More
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Player evaluation: Stoll

JARRET STOLL This season: 82 games, 20 goals, 23 assists, 42 penalty minutes, 17:10 average ice time. The good: Challenged before the season, by coach Terry Murray, to improve his offensive numbers, Stoll reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time since 2005-06 and also improved his shot-on-... Read More
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Player evaluation: Smyth

RYAN SMYTH This season: 82 games, 23 goals, 24 assists, 35 penalty minutes, 18:02 average ice time. The good: Smyth turned 35 during the season and has now played more than 1,000 NHL games with a fearless style that leads to him absorbing much punishment. It seemed reasonable that Smyth's produc... Read More
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Player evaluation: Simmonds

WAYNE SIMMONDS This season: 80 games, 14 goals, 16 assists, 75 penalty minutes, 13:27 average ice time. The good: When on his game, Simmonds did exactly what made him a success in his first two seasons: he was constantly on the move, hitting people in all three zones, forechecking to set up oppo... Read More
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Player evaluation: Scuderi

ROB SCUDERI This season: 82 games, 2 goals, 13 assists, 16 penalty minutes, 20:17 average ice time. The good: Scuderi, once again, was Scuderi. Not the biggest, not the fastest, not the most skilled, Scuderi continues to play a smart, responsible, hard-working game, one that is respected by team... Read More
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Player evaluation: Schenn

BRAYDEN SCHENN This season: 8 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 0 penalty minutes, 11:15 average ice time. The good: The Kings couldn't get rid of Schenn in training camp. He wouldn't let them. The thought, throughout camp, was that Schenn would return to his junior team when final roster cuts were mad... Read More