Player evaluation: Richards - LA Kings Insider

This season: 74 games, 18 goals, 26 assists, plus-3 rating.
The good: Richards’ contributions can’t simply be measured in his offensive numbers. Beyond those, Richards did exactly what Dean Lombardi hoped he would, particularly in the playoffs. He took some pressure off No. 1 center Anze Kopitar and brought some balance to the Kings’ lineup. After a long, baffling stretch in which Richards didn’t seem to be himself, Richards very much lived up to his reputation as a playoff winner. Richards had four goals and 11 assists in 20 playoff games, and was a tenacious puck-pursuer as well. Richards’ versatility and creativity on the power play also makes him invaluable.
The bad: The world will never know, because hockey players will never be totally honest about such things, but how much did Richards’ concussion impact him? Richards missed three weeks of game action after a hit from Florida’s Sean Bergenheim. Upon his return, he scored a goal in each of his first two games, but after that, Richards went through a mystifying drought. He went 25 consecutive games without a goal, and from Dec. 26 until March 16, Richards scored one goal. Richards looked uncertain of himself and his game at times, but said he felt healthy. If the concussion wasn’t still a problem, then what was the problem?
Going forward: In fairness to Richards, it’s worth noting that for much of the season, he didn’t have consistent, productive linemates. At one point, he had Jarret Stoll, a natural center, on his right wing. At another point, he centered rookies Dwight King and Jordan Nolan, who had a total of six NHL games between them. After the Kings acquired Jeff Carter — and after Carter settled in — and when Dustin Penner emerged as a second-line option, Richards looked much better. That’s probably not a coincidence. Given a full season of health, and productive linemates, Richards should have a much better all-around season.

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#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


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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


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