Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hall of Fame: Who's Eligible the Next Few Years?

With the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 being announced tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to have a look and see who's going to be eligible in the next few years and who is likely to get in. The requirement is that a player has to be retired for 3 years before he can become eligible and only 4 male players can be inducted each year.

2015 (players who retired after the 2011-12 season)
Locks
1) Nick Lidstrom
2) Sergei Fedorov

Other Eligible Players
Jason Arnott
Tomas Holmstrom
Brian Rolston
Marty Turco

2016 (players who retired after the lockout-shortened 2013 season)
Locks
None

Other Eligible Players
Milan Hejduk
Miikka Kiprusoff
Jamie Langenbrunner
Alexei Kovalev

2017 (players who retired after this season)
Locks
1) Teemu Selanne

Other Eligible Players (players in parentheses haven't retired, but are not under contract and could be done)
Ryan Smyth
(Brad Richards)
(Miko Koivu)


It seems like over the next 3 years there are going to be a lot of opportunities for the players who have been missing out over the last few to get enshrined. This list would include Eric Lindros, Rob Blake, Jeremy Roenick, Alexander Mogilny, Chris Osgood (yes I am going to assume he's not on the list tomorrow), Phil Housely, and maybe even going back as far as someone like Rogie Vachon.

I don't think any of the players I've listed above as also being eligible actually has any chance of getting in, it's just that they also happened to retire that season. If I had to guess here are the Hall of Fame classes of the next 3 years:

2015
Nick Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Eric Lindros, Rob Blake

2016
Phil Housely, Alexander Mogilny, Jeremy Roenick, Rogie Vachone

2017
Teemu Selanne, Dave Andreychuk, Ron Hextall, Sergei Zubov

I'd love to hear your thoughts. Who are the locks? Who will finally get in? Who will continue to get snubbed?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer of Celebration, Summer of Questions

The champagne bottles are empty. The ice is melted. The Cup is touring the Southland. And we have all been able to breathe for a few days.

The Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons (and back to back full seasons! Damn you, NHL, for not losing the entire 2013 season!!) and could be a burgeoning dynasty.

There are a lot of questions lingering after this exciting 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, so as summer sneaks up on, what do the LA Kings do now? My thoughts after the break:

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Los Angeles Kings' All-Time Stats in the Stanley Cup Final (Updated through 2014)

This is the final update for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, but hopefully not the last time I'll ever get to update this.
 
Highlights

•Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams remains the franchise's point total leader in the Cup Final after scoring the opening goal in Game 5. He is in pretty illustrious company along with Gretzky and Robitaille as the only players in franchise history thus far to average a point a game in their careers in the Final.
•Dwight King has surpassed Luc Robitaille in career points and is only 1 behind Wayne Gretzky (yes, he's played more than twice as many SCF games, but still, he's Dwight King).
•Alec Martinez joined Jeff Carter as the only Kings with more than 1 game-winning goal in the Final. Carter has 3, Martinez 2.
•Tyler Toffoli managed to collect his first career SCF point on the last play of the series, the primary assist on the GWG. For only getting a single point, he had an amazing series and if the Kings can get back to the Final in the next few years, considering that he is only 22 years old, I expect him to rocket up this list. The same can be said of his cohort Tanner Pearson who the Rangers somehow kept off the score sheet the entire series. Don't expect anyone to ever limit them to 1 point between them again if these guys get back.
•Jonathan Quick now has an 8-3 all-time record in the SCF with a .939 save percentage and 2 shutouts. Yeah, that's pretty good.

Complete stats after the break:

What a Journey- The 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings

A comeback from down 3-0 to their chief rival from the north to win 4-3.

A battle with their cross-town rival.

The Kings of California.

An epic series against the defending champs who dethroned them last season.

Three Game 7s on the road.

Three consecutive trips to the Western Conference Final.

The Kings of the West.

Two series-clinching victories in overtime.

Two Stanley Cup championships in 3 seasons (and back-to-back full seasons).

The Kings of the National Hockey League.

With almost the same cast of characters, the 2014 Los Angeles Kings wrote a very different story from the 2012 Los Angeles Kings, but they will both be chiseled in silver from now until the end of time.

The Los Angeles Kings, a laughingstock around the National Hockey League for decades, is now the most successful franchise in the league since the lost season.

I have never been more proud to be a fan of this team. And the future remains bright in Hockeywood.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

L.A. Kings All-Time Stanley Cup Finals Stats (Updated through Game 4)


Player Years Games Played            Goals           Assists                 Points
Justin Williams 2012, 2014 10 3 7 10
Drew Doughty 2012, 2014 10 3 4 7
Wayne Gretzky 1993 5 2 5 7
Anze Kopitar 2012, 2014 10 2 5 7
Jeff Carter 2012, 2014 10 5 1 6
Dustin Brown 2012, 2014 10 3 3 6
Mike Richards 2012, 2014 10 1 5 6
Luc Robitaille 1993 5 3 2 5
Dwight King 2012, 2014 10 1 4 5
Tony Granato 1993 5 1 3 4
Trevor Lewis 2012, 2014 10 2 1 3
Matt Greene 2012, 2014 10 1 2 3
Willie Mitchell 2012, 2014 10 1 2 3
Marty McSorley 1993 5 2 0 2
Kyle Clifford 2014 4 1 1 2
Dave Taylor 1993 3 1 1 2
Marian Gaborik 2014 4 1 1 2
Mike Donnelly 1993 5 1 1 2
Alec Martinez 2012, 2014 10 1 1 2
Jarret Stoll 2012, 2014 10 1 1 2
Tomas Sandstrom 1993 5 0 2 2
Slava Voynov 2012, 2014 10 0 2 2
Jake Muzzin 2014 4 1 0 1
Jari Kurri 1993 5 1 0 1
Pat Conacher 1993 5 1 0 1
Colin Fraser 2012 6 1 0 1
Rob Blake 1993 5 0 1 1
Alexie Zhitnik 1993 5 0 1 1
Mark Hardy 1993 4 0 1 1
Jimmy Carson 1993 2 0 1 1
Jordan Nolan 2012 6 0 1 1
Dustin Penner 2012 6 0 1 1
Lonnie Loach 1993 1 0 0 0
Brad Richardson 2012 2 0 0 0
Tanner Pearson 2014 4 0 0 0
Tyler Toffoli 2014 4 0 0 0
Charlie Huddy 1993 4 0 0 0
Simon Gagne 2012 4 0 0 0
Corey Millen 1993 5 0 0 0
Warren Rychel 1993 5 0 0 0
Gary Shuchuk 1993 5 0 0 0
Darryl Sydor 1993 5 0 0 0
Tim Watters 1993 5 0 0 0
Rob Scuderi 2012 6 0 0 0



Goalie Years Games Played         Wins        Losses     Goals Against
Jonathan Quick 2012, 2014 10 7 3 15
Kelly Hrudey 1993 5 1 4 15

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

All-Time L.A. Kings Stats in the Stanley Cup Final (updated through Game 3)

Entering Game 4 this evening, these are the Kings' all-time stats in the Stanley Cup Final.

A few highlights:
-Justin Williams is the first Kings player to ever have 10 points in the Final series.
-In 9 Final games, Quick has still given up fewer goals than Kelly Hrudey did in five games in 1993.
-With his Game 3 goal, Mike Richards moved ahead of Luc Robitaille in career points in the Final with the Kings.
-Jeff Carter's Game 3 goal extended his lead for the franchise record. It was his 5th. Williams, Doughty, and Robitaille remain tied for second place with 3 apiece.
-Can you believe Tyler and Tanner (my favorite couple since Zack & Kelly) have been held off the score sheet entirely in this series? They have both had some Grade A opportunities, but bad puck luck. It would be nice to see them get at least one point each before this thing is in the history books.
-One more point for Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter and they will join Drew Doughty and Justin Williams ahead of Wayne Gretzky. Of course they will all also have played twice as many games as The Great One did in 1993.


Player Years Games Played         Goals        Assists            Points
Justin Williams 2012, 2014 9 3 7 10
Drew Doughty 2012, 2014 9 3 4 7
Wayne Gretzky 1993 5 2 5 7
Anze Kopitar 2012, 2014 9 2 5 7
Jeff Carter 2012, 2014 9 5 1 6
Mike Richards 2012, 2014 9 1 5 6
Luc Robitaille 1993 5 3 2 5
Dustin Brown 2012, 2014 9 2 3 5
Dwight King 2012, 2014 9 1 4 5
Tony Granato 1993 5 1 3 4
Trevor Lewis 2012, 2014 9 2 1 3
Matt Greene 2012, 2014 9 1 2 3
Willie Mitchell 2012, 2014 9 1 2 3
Marty McSorley 1993 5 2 0 2
Kyle Clifford 2014 3 1 1 2
Dave Taylor 1993 3 1 1 2
Marian Gaborik 2014 3 1 1 2
Mike Donnelly 1993 5 1 1 2
Alec Martinez 2012, 2014 9 1 1 2
Jarret Stoll 2012, 2014 9 1 1 2
Tomas Sandstrom 1993 5 0 2 2
Slava Voynov 2012, 2014 9 0 2 2
Jake Muzzin 2014 3 1 0 1
Jari Kurri 1993 5 1 0 1
Pat Conacher 1993 5 1 0 1
Colin Fraser 2012 6 1 0 1
Rob Blake 1993 5 0 1 1
Alexie Zhitnik 1993 5 0 1 1
Mark Hardy 1993 4 0 1 1
Jimmy Carson 1993 2 0 1 1
Jordan Nolan 2012 6 0 1 1
Dustin Penner 2012 6 0 1 1
Lonnie Loach 1993 1 0 0 0
Brad Richardson 2012 2 0 0 0
Tanner Pearson 2014 3 0 0 0
Tyler Toffoli 2014 3 0 0 0
Charlie Huddy 1993 4 0 0 0
Simon Gagne 2012 4 0 0 0
Corey Millen 1993 5 0 0 0
Warren Rychel 1993 5 0 0 0
Gary Shuchuk 1993 5 0 0 0
Darryl Sydor 1993 5 0 0 0
Tim Watters 1993 5 0 0 0
Rob Scuderi 2012 6 0 0 0


Goalie Years Games Played          Wins         Losses     Goals Against
Jonathan Quick 2012, 2014 9 7 2 13
Kelly Hrudey 1993 5 1 4 15


Sunday, June 8, 2014

L.A. Kings All-Time Stanley Cup Final Stats (Updated through Game 2)


Player Years Games Played         Goals        Assists               Points
Justin Williams 2012, 2014 8 3 6 9
Wayne Gretzky 1993 5 2 5 7
Drew Doughty 2012, 2014 8 3 4 7
Anze Kopitar 2012, 2014 8 2 4 6
Jeff Carter 2012, 2014 8 4 1 5
Luc Robitaille 1993 5 3 2 5
Dustin Brown 2012, 2014 8 2 3 5
Dwight King 2012, 2014 8 1 4 5
Mike Richards 2012, 2014 8 0 5 5
Tony Granato 1993 5 1 3 4
Trevor Lewis 2012, 2014 8 2 1 3
Matt Greene 2012, 2014 8 1 2 3
Willie Mitchell 2012, 2014 8 1 2 3
Marty McSorley 1993 5 2 0 2
Kyle Clifford 2014 2 1 1 2
Dave Taylor 1993 3 1 1 2
Mike Donnelly 1993 5 1 1 2
Alec Martinez 2012, 2014 8 1 1 2
Jarret Stoll 2012, 2014 8 1 1 2
Tomas Sandstrom 1993 5 0 2 2
Marian Gaborik 2014 2 1 0 1
Jari Kurri 1993 5 1 0 1
Pat Conacher 1993 5 1 0 1
Colin Fraser 2012 6 1 0 1
Rob Blake 1993 5 0 1 1
Alexie Zhitnik 1993 5 0 1 1
Mark Hardy 1993 4 0 1 1
Jimmy Carson 1993 2 0 1 1
Jordan Nolan 2012 6 0 1 1
Dustin Penner 2012 6 0 1 1
Slava Voynov 2012, 2014 8 0 1 1
Lonnie Loach 1993 1 0 0 0
Brad Richardson 2012 2 0 0 0
Jake Muzzin 2014 2 0 0 0
Tanner Pearson 2014 2 0 0 0
Tyler Toffoli 2014 2 0 0 0
Charlie Huddy 1993 4 0 0 0
Simon Gagne 2012 4 0 0 0
Corey Millen 1993 5 0 0 0
Warren Rychel 1993 5 0 0 0
Gary Shuchuk 1993 5 0 0 0
Darryl Sydor 1993 5 0 0 0
Tim Watters 1993 5 0 0 0
Rob Scuderi 2012 6 0 0 0


Goalie Years Games Played Wins Losses
Jonathan Quick 2012, 2014 8 6 2
Kelly Hrudey 1993 5 1 4


-With a 3-point effort in Game 2, Justin Williams has taken over the all-time lead in Kings SCF points, topping Wayne Gretzky.
-As a team, the Kings have scored 24 goals in the SCF games they've played since 2012. In 1993 they scored a grand total of 12.
-Prior to Game 1 of this series, the Kings had never won a SCF game in which they allowed more than 1 goal. (Their only win in 1993 was 4-1 in Game 1 and the victories in 2012 were 2-1 in OT twice, 4-0, and 6-1.) In this series they have overcome 2-goal deficits to win on four occasions in just two games.