LA Kings Player Power Rankings – Week 26


The LA Kings are in the midst of an intense and anxious playoff race in which their fate changes every day. Clearly the thing to do now is subjectively rank the players on the team for no real reason. Yep, it is time for Power Rankings.

1 Drew Doughty – Can you imagine how Drew will feel if he loses out on the Norris AND Reggie loses to Gustl in Bark Madness? (Last week: 1)
2 Anze Kopitar – With six points in four games during the most important road trip of the year, I’d say Kopitar is stepping up his game at the right time. (Last week: 3)
3 Jeff Carter – His BFF returns from exile in the minors and Carter immediately goes on a three-game point streak. Coincidence? Probably. But you have to admit, it is a pretty cool coincidence. (Last week: 2)
4 Jonathan Quick – Two or fewer goals allowed in 10 of the past 11 games. Quick is definitely doing his part for the playoff push. (Last week: 4)
5 Tyler Toffoli – Toffoli leads the league in short-handed goals and pinchably adorable cheeks. (Last week: 6)
6 Marian Gaborik – The only things that are certain in life are God, death, taxes and Gaborik scoring against his former team. OK, that’s a slight exaggeration. I’m not actually all that certain about the whole “God” thing. (Last week: 5)
7 Jake Muzzin – With points in four of the past six games and generally strong play during a crucial period, now seems like a good time to remind everyone that Muzzin is supposedly overrated. Emphasis on “supposedly.” (Last week: 10)
8 Andrej Sekera – We haven’t seen much of it but we really need more of the Sekera-Martinez pairing in our lives. (Last week: 9)
9 Dustin Brown – Barring an absurd hot streak, Dustin Brown is going to finish with his lowest career goal total and maybe even lowest career point total. O Captain! My captain! (Last week: 7)
10 Alec Martinez – The Marty Party is back on! Let’s just all agree to not actually call it a Marty Party because that’s lame. (Last week: 12)
11 Justin Williams – I’m not saying that Williams is in for a big week, but game 77 (aka game Double Seven) is coming up and it is against the Oilers, so… (Last week: 8)
12 Trevor Lewis – Lewis got robbed of a potential goal this week by Cam Talbot which is a nice change from normal when Lewis robs himself of a goal by shooting it directly into the goalie’s chest. (Last week: 11)
13 Dwight King – The “one month without a point” jinx breaker worked! Now let’s see if the “one month with a constant maniacal smile” jinx breaker works. (Last week: 15)
14 Kyle Clifford – Clifford hasn’t picked up a single PIM in the last eight games. I think that means he’s due for a completely unnecessary fight in which he gets pummeled. In other words, he’ll likely be getting a serving of Gorilla Salad tonight. (Last week: 13)
15 Brayden McNabb – McNabb fills in admirably for injured/suspended defensemen all season all so he can get the privilege of watching the final playoff push in street clothes. (Last week: 14)
16 Jordan Nolan – After a nice run of being a productive forward, Nolan returned to his old enforcer role to fight Chris Stewart. And by fight Chris Stewart I mean get punched in the face a lot by Chris Stewart. (Last week: 16)
17 Jarret Stoll – The Kings seem to be doing just fine without Stoll in the lineup. This comment will seem relevant once the offseason begins. (Last week: 17)
18 Robyn Regehr – After advocating for his benching in this space last week, Regehr goes and scores a big goal against the Rangers to make me look stupid, or as I choose to perceive it, like an incredible motivator. You’re welcome, Robyn. (Last week: 19)
19 Matt Greene – There is only one more regular season power rankings left after this one for me to finally come up with an interesting Greene comment. Let’s hope that one goes better because I got nothing this week. (Last week: 18)
20 Martin Jones – If Jones gets another start this season, it will either be because the Kings have already locked up a playoff spot or because they’ve been eliminated. Let’s hope he doesn’t play again. (Last week: 20)
21 Mike Richards – Welcome back, Richie! Suddenly being a fourth line center doesn’t seem so bad now, does it? (Last week: n/a)
22 Nick Shore – Congratulations to Nick Shore on finally not missing a wide open net for the first time in his NHL career. (Last week: 22)
23 Andy Andreoff – He finally scores his first goal and then almost immediately gets benched for a disgraced veteran returned from the minors. There is no gratitude in the NHL. (Last week: 21)
24 Jamie McBain – Oh, you’re still here? Well, I guess you can still hang around if you want. (Last week: 23)

Agree? Disagree? I don’t really care! If you still feel compelled to sound off on the rankings, go ahead and leave a comment. It’s a free world.

Garrett Wilson is a lifelong LA Kings fan who now finds himself trapped in the hockey wasteland of the Pacific Northwest. He's an Ivy League graduate, but not from one of the impressive ones. You shouldn't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he is angry. The again, you probably wouldn't like him when he's not angry either. You should probably follow Garret Wilson on Twitter @Garrett_MWAH