Star will be born in Los Angeles

Young center should start to reach full potential

Originally Published: August 14, 2009
By Andrew Rothstein and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

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?

To see which player could soar, which could sink and which could be a potential impact prospect, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.