The adage keeps ringing true for the
The Kings followed up a non-playoff season with a disconcerting first-round exit, a five-game loss to the
The Kings still retain one of the best foundations in the
1. Do they have enough depth at forward? The loss of
2. How will
Brown wasn't comfortable with the latter, and how he responds will be key. Will it hurt his identity or will he rediscover his game?
Brown, who hasn't reached 30 points the last three seasons, acknowledged his drop-off and vowed to be ready. Otherwise, the Kings are on the hook for the remaining five seasons of his contract, at $5.875 million per season.
The Kings need him to provide responsible minutes, especially if one of the top three goes down. The defense will otherwise be filled out by Brayden McNabb, 37-year-old
Rookies Kevin Gravel and Derek Forbort should get long looks in camp.
4. Is it time to ease Quick's workload? It seems as if this question could be asked most years, but it's appropriate after Quick played in the World Cup.
Ideally, the Kings keep him fresh for the playoffs but that hasn't been the case the last two seasons, when Sutter has leaned on Quick for stretches. Quick has played 68 and 72 games the last two seasons, the last resulting in 40 wins, but he wasn't as sharp in the playoffs.
This could depend on Sutter’s faith in
5. How will Kopitar adapt to being the face of the franchise? Kopitar's promotion to captain was just, especially after he won the Selke Trophy as best defensive forward.