EL SEGUNDO — When a team struggles for an entire season, changes are inevitable.
“I know, obviously, that our team is not going to be the same exact way it was two days ago,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said during Monday’s exit interviews. “That’s not going to be the same team that’s out there, I can almost guarantee that.”
Indeed, the draft is in June. The Kings have all cheap nhl jerseys
seven of their picks, and three others for a total of 10. The draft lottery is Tuesday, and it will decide when the Kings will pick.
As the team with the second-fewest points during the regular season, they have a 13.5 percent chance of receiving the top pick, and that particular selection would likely bring in hot-shot forward Jack Hughes.
Regardless of what the roster looks like at the outset of next season, the Kings need a new coach to navigate the ship. That was a big topic Monday – what kind of coach do the Kings need after finishing with 71 points and at the bottom of the Western Conference standings?
They missed the playoffs for the third time in five seasons.
“We need someone who’s going to kick our (butts) a little bit,” Doughty said. “Some of us have gotten a little too full and we need to be hungrier and we need someone to push us and we need someone to have the right system in place and be adamant on the system.
“If guys aren’t doing that system, they need to hear about it. That’s something we’ve lacked.”
John Stevens in 2017-18 replaced Darryl Sutter, who coached the team to Stanley Cup titles in 2012 and 2014. Stevens led the Kings back to the playoffs after they failed to make them the previous two seasons. They were swept in the first round by eventual Western Conference champion Vegas, but it appeared a step in the right direction was taken.