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The Kings’ biggest wild cards

Los Angeles Kings v New Jersey Devils - Game Two

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 02: Mike Richards #10 and Dustin Penner #25 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate after Jeff Carter #77 (not pictured) scores the game winning goal in overtime against the New Jersey Devils during Game Two of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 2, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


In the grand scheme of things, the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup run was powered by Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar.

Still, depth players often make the difference between good and great teams during the slog that is an 82-game regular season.

With that in mind, here are some players whose production could go either way.

Dustin Penner - Mr. Pancakes waffled for years only to finally apply his size and skill during the playoffs. Perhaps a one-year deal will keep him hungry.

Jeff Carter - He helped the Kings take off in his limited time in Los Angeles. Will greater familiarity bring more production or mere indifference?

Simon Gagne - An outstanding sniper when he’s healthy - which is rare.

Justin Williams - Are his Gagne-like injury issues truly in the past? He managed to play every game last season.

Jonathan Bernier - Will Jonathan Quick have a seasoned backup - and at least a decent threat for playing time if he struggles - or will Bernier be traded?

Slava Voynov - The 22-year-old’s rise was part of the reason why the Kings felt comfortable trading away Jack Johnson. Expectations are likely to rise next season.


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