Last month, NHL.com fantasy hockey analysts Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen released their rankings of the top 200 fantasy hockey players - and the Los Angeles Kings received plenty of love.
Going through the entire National Hockey League and coming up with the top 200 is certainly not an easy feat - and the final decision is always up for debate - but Cubeta and Jensen were up for the task and they made their choices based on the following statistics: goals, assists, plus-minus, power-play points, shots on goal, penalty minutes, goalie wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.
With that in mind, here are where the Kings rank among the top 200 between the two analysts:
19) Anze Kopitar
23) Jonathan Quick
54) Drew Doughty
61) Jeff Carter
68) Marian Gaborik
146) Dustin Brown
151) Justin Williams
176) Tyler Toffoli
188) Slava Voynov
Just missed: None
10) Jonathan Quick
16) Anze Kopitar
59) Drew Doughty
61) Marian Gaborik
88) Jeff Carter
127) Slava Voynov
179) Justin Williams
So, there you have it. A total of nine different Kings selected by both Cupeta and Jensen with two (Jake Muzzin and Martin Jones) narrowly missing the cut.
For a team that just won its second Stanley Cup in three years, to have this type of attention would be automatic. However, given the dreaded east-coast bias, getting the respect and recognition they truly deserve doesn't always come easy for the Los Angeles Kings. But if these rankings were to be based upon a bias towards one coast over the other, then Matt Cupeta and Pete Jensen must have missed the memo.
Nevertheless, fantasy fans entering the 2014-15 season will have the best players to choose from (that goes without saying) but among those top players will be a number of Los Angeles Kings.
I'd like to personally commend Matt Cupeta for selecting nine different Kings while Pete Jensen deserves just as much praise for taking goaltender Jonathan Quick as high as 10th. Not only that but, as previously mentioned, Martin Jones narrowly missed Jensen's cut - not bad for a rookie backup.
This news may not win the Los Angeles Kings any special awards - they have the one that matters most in hockey - but this is still something for the team and their fans to hang their proverbial hats on.
As if the Kings and their fans needed anything else to feel good about, right?