Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Los Angeles Kings. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Note: Because of the lockout, GVT scores for the 2013 season are prorated from 48 to 82 games.
Summer Skate: Los Angeles Kings
Considered one of the elite teams, the Kings had another nice playoff run last season before losing to the Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals. Big things are expected from them again this season, as some consider them the favorites to win the new Pacific Division.
That's a fair assumption based upon their playoff resume, but the Kings have had their struggles in the regular season. They made it to the playoffs as a No. 8 seed the year they won the Stanley Cup, and they were a No. 5 seed last season. Even so, Los Angeles has the pieces to be one of the NHL's best teams, and the Kings stand a good chance of making the Western Conference finals for the third year in a row.
Trending up: G Jonathan Quick
Last season: -5.5 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 17.9