His fourth season in Los Angeles may not have been his best one. In fact, Brad Richardson appeared in just 59 games this past season, scoring five times and adding three assists – his lowest totals in the last three seasons. However, Richardson’s contributes did help the Kings achieve their goal this spring.

 

To go along with his goals and assists, Brad Richardson recorded a -6 rating, 98 shots on net and was a respectable 58.6% in the faceoff department. In his 59 games, Richardson recorded 65 hits, logged an average of just under 13 minutes of ice time per game and had seven more takeaways than giveaways (20 to 13).

 

You’ll be hard-pressed to find Brad Richardson’s name on the scoresheet often but the defensive forward isn’t afraid to chip in when he needs to. In his 13 appearances in the playoffs, Brad Richardson had just one goal – but it was a crucial goal.

 

In the opening round against top-seeded Vancouver, the Kings jumped out to a 3-0 series lead before the Canucks staved off elimination by winning Game 4 and jumping out to a 1-0 in Game 5 back home in Vancouver. While the Kings were badly outplayed for most of the night, it was thanks to Brad Richardson’s third period marker that shifted the momentum and ultimately, courtesy of a Jarret Stoll overtime-winner, catapaulted the Kings into the next round by completing the upset of the high-powered Canucks.

 

During the playoffs, the 27-year-old had 14 hits, blocked three shots, committed a pair of giveaways and takeaways, plus he was an impressive 61.1% in the faceoff circle.

 

It may not have been the prettiest but Brad Richardson stuck to his defensive guns and helped the Los Angeles Kings on their quest for Lord Stanley’s mug. Defensively, offensively and physically, Brad Richardson has the ability to help out whenever he needs to and he proved that this past spring.

 

 

 

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