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Kings Playing Like Queen's! Written by Stajanfan - November 30th, -0001
The CMHL has been filled with teams having their highs and their lows. But the Los Angeles Kings haven't had anything to cheer about and even consider a "high" this season. No scoring, horrible defense, and below average goaltending has led the Kings to the worst record in the West.

Their top line, a top 5 line last year, consisting of Joe Thornton, Ladislav Nagy, and Jaromir Jagr, has been invisible most of the season. Through 21 games, approximately one quarter of the season, Thornton has been the best of the bunch, with 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points. he on pace for 75 points, not bad in today's CMHL, but when you're supposed to be a top 3 centre in the league, that simply is not good enough. Nagy has only 6 goals, but has 11 assists, for 17 points, on pace for 67 points, and not even 25 goals. Jagr, the most disappointing player of the three, has a measly 12 points, and only 6 of them goals. he is on pace for a laughable 46 points! Sheldon Souray and Al MacInnis have more points than Jagr with 13 a piece.

Now I realize that defencemen aren't expected to be goal scorers. But through the first 21 games, 3 of L.A.'s d-men, Markov, Martinek, and Bombardir, have not put one puck in the net, and their top d-man, Souray, has only 2. This would be alright if the goalless d-men were defensive defencemen, but they're not. Markov is -2, Martinek is -9, and Bombardir is -9. So how are they contributing positively to their team? Well, Markov is a physical presence on the ice with 66 hits to lead their defense core, and be 4th on the team. As far as Martinek and Bombardir, well......... they aren't doing too much of anything right now. Except they at least don't turn the puck over too much, with 5 and 7 respectively. Markov has a whopping 23 giveaways, easily first on the team.

The lack of secondary scoring this year in LaLa land has ought to be the biggest disappointment. On paper, this team has one of the deepest teams on forward in the entire league. For some reason though, they can't seem to score and put up some points. Some of the more prominent names on the team include Mark Bell, Kirk Maltby, Darcy Tucker, Dave Andreychuk, Greg Johnson, Andrei Nikolishin, and highly touted prospects Matthew Lombardi and Kyle Wanvig. From most points to least to least, take a look at the terrible numbers these players are putting up thus far:

G. Johnson - 0G, 7A, 7PTS
M. Bell - 3G, 3A, 6PTS
K. Maltby - 4G, 1A, 5PTS
M. Lombardi - 2G, 2A, 4PTS
D. Tucker - 1G, 2A, 3PTS
S. Aubin - 2G, 1A, 3PTS
D. Andreychuk - 2G, 1A, 3PTS
K. Wanvig - 2G, 0A, 2PTS
A. Nikolishin - 1G, 0A, 1PTS

I'm thinking it might be time for a couple call-ups from the minors, where Alexei Shkotov is absolutely tearing up the league, with nearly a goal and 2 points a game. It looks as if he has already outgrown the ICHF. Kyle Wellwood is also having a very good year on the farm, and should at least be given a shot in L.A., where they are starving for some goals.

Funny thing is, I'm not sure L.A.'s GM even knows what is happening to his Kings. Another week of Overtime with StajanFan is in the books. Watch for my initial Big Board to come out soon!
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