Star will be born in Los Angeles
Young center should start to reach full potential
Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, delving into the Pacific Division on Friday with the Kings.
Summer Skate -- Los Angeles Kings
The Kings look to put last year's woes behind them and turn the corner after a dismal 2008-09 season. With so many up-and-coming stars in Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, and Drew Doughty, Los Angeles is hoping that the acquisitions of Rob Scuderi and Ryan Smyth will complete the puzzle and push this Southern California team into the playoffs. Could this be the Cinderella team for next year?
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2009 NHL OFFSEASON
The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their new VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2009-10.
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