I’ve been thinking about my post from yesterday, trying to pinpoint what about the bottom-six, chiefly the third line, gives me pause for concern about the next season. It’s not in the ability of the individual players, because I like the game of all of the guys I mentioned independently. Maybe it’s not even about the possible chemistry or lack thereof either because there is no real way to determine that anyway.
So I went and did a little bit of simple math:
Jarret Stoll, number of games played in the NHL – 515
Brad Richardson, Trevor Lewis, Scott Parse, Kevin Westgarth, and Andrei Loktionov combined games played in the NHL – 624
It’s also important to note that 316 of those games belong to Brad Richardson. So between Lewis, Parse, Westgarth, and Loktionov it’s not even enough for one full NHL season each (about 77 games). It’s not so unusual to have a lot of young guys on the third and fourth line since that’s where most guys cut their teeth in the NHL. However, a mixture of experience and youth is always desirable in a lineup. Are Stoll and Richardson enough to provide that balance? I certainly think they can be.
Yet, would it make you feel better to see a guy like Mike Grier, John Madden, or (gulp) Fredrik Modin in the bottom-six? Just something to consider. Maybe if Lombardi has a dime in his pocket after re-signing Drew Doughty he’ll consider that option. However, I don’t expect that to happen since he is flush with options already signed as is.
This is where, as a fan, you have to accept the fact that there will be an amount of uncertainty when it comes to the team your GM will ice come October. You just have to trust that he has that General Manager job for a reason, and for Kings fans that shouldn’t be a worry.
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Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney