NHL 19: Los Angeles Kings Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

Can you take the Los Angeles Kings to glory with this roster?


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A similar case to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Los Angeles Kings are now feeling the consequences of success with the supporting talent dwindling around the top-class core that made them so menacing about half-a-decade ago. After winning the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup, Los Angeles looks to be entering the end-phase of their Cup-winning phase, which most likely means that they’ll miss out on the playoffs for the third time in five years. 

Anze Kopitar, Center, 90 OVR

Age: 31
Role: Two-Way Center
Height: 191cm
Weight: 101kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 93 Defensive Awareness. 92 Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

In NHL 19, Anze Kopitar still boasts the attribute levels that earned him 92 points in 82 games last season. But, the team captain is now feeling the pinch of age and a fading team with just 18 points through his first 27 games of the season. He’ll undoubtedly remain an important figurehead for the Kings, likely sticking around to helm the team and usher in the next phase.

Drew Doughty, Defenseman, 92 OVR

Age: 28
Role: Two-Way Defenseman
Height: 185cm
Weight: 91kg
Shoots: Right
Best Stats: 94 Offensive Awareness, Passing, Defensive Awareness

Drew Doughty is the highest-rated defenseman in the game. With ten goals and 60 points last season, the 28-year-old defenseman proved his two-way capabilities and has followed up with a strong start of 15 points through 28 contests this season. Capable of eating up big minutes each game, Doughty looks to become the Kings’ most important player this season and in the seasons to come. 

Jonathan Quick, Goaltender, 89 OVR

Age: 32
Role: Hybrid Goaltender
Height: 185cm
Weight: 99kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 94 Aggressiveness. 92 Vision. 91 Agility, Speed, Stick Low, Breakaway, Angles

Jonathan Quick is both one of the Los Angeles Kings’ strongest assets and their biggest weakness. With Quick on the ice, there’s a sense that the Kings could win any game, with his performances last season being a huge reason behind the Kings making it to the playoffs. However, whenever he’s injured for long periods of time – such as in 2016/17 and at the start of this season – the team struggles a great deal. But, even having a fit Quick in net doesn’t appear to be helping the Kings, with his seven starts yielding just one win, in which he kept a shutout. 

NHL 19 Los Angeles Kings Roster

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Los Angeles Kings’ first lines start. These top lines boast many of the core players responsible for Los Angeles’ rise to prominence, with the addition of Ilya Kovalchuk, who was a major factor in the New Jersey Devils meeting the Kings in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. It’s a hard-hitting group of players with plenty of playmaking ability from the blueline and up the middle.

Ilya Kovalchuk (86) – Anze Kopitar (90) – Dustin Brown (81)
Jake Muzzin (85) – Drew Doughty (92)
Jonathan Quick (89)

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Best Stats

Ilya Kovalchuk

86

Right Wing Sniper

191cm

35

Right

93 Hand-Eye, Slap Shot Power. 92 Deking, Offensive Awareness, Wrist Shot Accuracy

Jeff Carter

86

Center Sniper

191cm

33

Right

92 Slap Shot Power. 90 Wrist Shot Power, Acceleration, Speed

Jake Muzzin

85

Two-Way Defenseman

191cm

29

Left

89 Offensive Awareness, Shot Blocking. 88 Passing, Puck Control, Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Speed

Alec Martinez

83

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

31

Left

89 Stick Checking. 88 Shot Blocking, Endurance, Passing, Puck Control

Tyler Toffoli

83

Right Wing Sniper

183cm

26

Right

90 Discipline, Deking, Hand-Eye

*Tanner Pearson

82

Two-Way Left Wing

185cm

26

Left

90 Discipline. 88 Speed. 87 Offensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Acceleration, Agility, Puck Control, Deking, Hand-Eye

Adrian Kempe

81

Two-Way Left Wing

188cm

22

Left

88 Agility. 87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Derek Forbort

81

Defensive Defenseman

193cm

26

Left

89 Shot Blocking. 88 Stick Checking, Balance, Body Checking, Strength

Dustin Brown

81

Right Wing Grinder

183cm

33

Right

91 Body Checking. 88 Slap Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Strength, Balance

Dion Phaneuf

81

Two-Way Defenseman

191cm

33

Left

90 Slap Shot Power. 89 Body Checking. 88 Shot Blocking, Wrist Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Strength

Trevor Lewis

80

Two-Way Right Wing

185cm

31

Right

90 Speed. 89 Acceleration. 88 Agility

Alex Iafallo

79

Two-Way Center

183cm

24

Left

87 Agility. 86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Acceleration, Speed, Durability, Wrist Shot Power

Paul LaDue

78

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

26

Right

87 Slap Shot Power. 86 Wrist Shot Power. 85 Shot Blocking, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Durability, Strength

Kyle Clifford

78

Right Wing Grinder

188cm

27

Left

92 Aggressiveness. 90 Body Checking, Fighting Skill, Strength

Emerson Etem

76

Left Wing Power Forward

185cm

26

Left

95 Discipline. 87 Acceleration, Balance, Speed, Strength, Slap Shot Power

Nate Thompson

75

Center Grinder

183cm

33

Left

89 Aggressiveness. 87 Balance, Strength

Mike Amadio

73

Two-Way Center

185cm

22

Right

85 Discipline, Slap Shot Power, Durability

Peter Budaj

77

Hybrid Goaltender

185cm

35

Left

84 Breakaway, Aggressiveness, Agility, Speed, Vision

*Tanner Pearson was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 14.

Alex Lintuniemi, Defenseman, 73 OVR

Age: 22
Role: Defensive Defenseman
Height: 191cm
Weight: 105kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: 7th D med

While not the most inspiring prospect by any means, the sheer size of Alex Lintuniemi coupled with his 90 balance, adequate speed stats, 90 strength, 88 body checking, and 90 stick checking make him a very enjoyable player to have on the bottom line or to deploy in a tight game against a rival team – such as the San Jose Sharks or Anaheim Ducks. 

For the most part, there’s not a lot to look forward to in the Los Angeles Kings’ prospect pool – a consequence of years of success – but a few bright spots are breaking through. Two-way centers Gabriel Vilardi and Jaret Anderson-Dolan could develop into decent NHLers, as could two-way defenseman Kale Clague, if given a season or two to hone their skills further.

NHL 19 Los Angeles Kings Top Prospects

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Potential

Aidan Dudas

58

Playmaker Center

173cm

18 

Right

Bottom 6 med

Rasmus Kupari

63

Two-Way Center

180cm

18

Right

Top 6 med

Akil Thomas

62

Playmaker Center

180cm

18

Right

Top 9 med

Johan Sodergran

56

Two-Way Center

188cm

18

Left

Top 9 low

Markus Phillips

61

Two-Way Defenseman

180cm

19

Left

Top 6 low

Gabriel Vilardi

67

Two-Way Center

188cm

19

Right

Top 6 med

Jaret Anderson-Dolan

63

Two-Way Center

178cm

19

Left

Top 6 med

Kale Clague

68

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

20

Left

Top 4 med

Drake Rymsha

61

Two-Way Center

180cm

20

Right

Bottom 6 med

Jacob Moverare

62

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

20

Left

Top 6 med

Jacob Friend

59

Defensive Defenseman

185cm

21

Right

AHL Top 2 med

*Stepan Falkovsky

69

Defensive Defenseman

201cm

21

Left

7th D med

Matt Luff

69

Right Wing Power Forward

188cm

21

Right

Top 9 low

Chaz Reddekopp

64

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

21

Left

AHL Top 2 high

Austin Wagner

67

Left Wing Grinder

188cm

21

Left

Bottom 6 med

Austin Strand

61

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

21

Right

AHL Top 2 med

Brad Morrison

62

Playmaker Center

180cm

21

Left

AHL Top 6 high

Jacob Ingham

57

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

18

Left

AHL Starter high

Matthew Villalta

57

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

19

Left

Fringe Starter low

Cole Kehler

59

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

20

Right

AHL Starter med

Cal Petersen

71

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

23

Right

Fringe Starter med

*Stephan Falkovsky was traded to the Minnesota Wild on November 21.

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