28Los Angeles Kings
The Kings have a pair of Stanley Cup wins, in 2012 and 2014. They also reached the Western Conference Final in 2013. But the signs that their Cup window has closed, or is at least close to, have been evident the last couple of seasons. They missed the playoffs altogether
In 2016, the speedier Sharks embarrassed them and finished them off in five games with ease...in the first round. The Kings play a very defensive and physical style of hockey that wears guys down quickly. Remember when Dustin Brown was a U.S. Olympian who scored 20 goals every year? My point exactly. Anze Kopitar is 29, Jeff Carter is 32 in January and Jonathan Quick is already 31 and has sustained a serious injury for the second time in four years. This one is to keep him out for several months, too.
The Kings have arguably the worst prospect system in the NHL. Such is life when you trade away your first-round picks and finish high in the league standings every year. The Kings are no longer the dominant force in the playoffs, and a lack of cap space has prevented Dean Lombardi from being able to add more pieces.