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The 2010s brought the Los Angeles Kings two Stanley Cups and in the 10 years of Kings hockey the team fielded plenty of great players.

For the Los Angeles Kings, the 2010s decade will represent their peak as a franchise and a second golden age in their history. The Kings had their best period on the ice making the playoffs seven times their best run of consistency since the late ’80s and early ’90s.

The previous decade had yielded just one playoff series win out of three appearances and a six straight year playoff drought. That futility helped the team restock the team with prospects and youth that finally bore fruit during this last decade.

The peak of the Los Angeles Kings’ powers came between 2012 to 2014 when the Kings won 10 playoff series made the Western Conference Finals every year and won their first two Stanley Cups in franchise history.

This list celebrates the top five players of the decade all players who were significant to the Kings renaissance.

Honorable Mention: Foward Justin Williams

Justin Williams’s reputation as clutch player in the playoffs has earned the moniker of “Mr. Game 7”, its no wonder that during the decade the Kings went 4-0 with Williams in game sevens. Williams scored four goals, with three assists, and seven points in the four wins.

Williams played in six seasons with the Kings scoring 102 goals go for sixth for the decade and accumulated 262 points good for fifth. William’s goal-scoring prowess and veteran leadership were keys to the Kings Stanley Cup success.

In 2014 Williams was named Conn Smythe Winner as the playoff MVP scoring two game-winning goals and was second among league leaders with 25 points. The Kings have yet to win another playoff series since Williams left after the 2014-15 season no doubt missing his veteran presence and scoring skill.

5. Forward Jeff Carter

Thanks to a trade at the 2012 February deadline, Jeff Carter became the final puzzle in the Kings’ quest to win their first Stanley Cup. Carter was acquired in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets and from there the team took off. That spring Carter lead the Kings with eight goals in the playoffs including scoring the game-winning goal in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final in overtime.

After helping the Kings secure their first Stanley Cup Carter was at it again in 2014 helping the Kings win a second cup scoring 10 goals and being second among league leaders with 25 goals.

During the decade with the Kings Carter has been a consistent goal scorer placing third among the Kings with 169 goals. He’s also provided veteran leadership serving as an assistant captain and centering the famous “That 70’s” Line of Carter, Tyler Toffoli, and Tanner Pearson.

Truly the trade for Carter was one of the best moves of the decade without Carter perhaps the Kings don’t achieve all that they did in the decade.

4. Dustin Brown

When you are the first captain in franchise history to raise the Stanley Cup and then you do it again just two seasons later you will definitely make a list like this.

Dustin Brown was not a mere passenger during the Kings winning campaigns, in 2012 he had 20 points as a co-league leader in the playoffs and in 2014 he had two game-winning goals including the overtime winner in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final.

Over the decade Brown served as team captain for sevens seasons was second among forwards with 426 points and scored the second-most goals on the team with 193. Brown did this while playing a tenacious two-way game usually doling out crunching checks and coming up with goals as well.

By the end of the decade, Brown would reach some significant milestones becoming the all-time leader in Kings’ franchise history in games played and moving into the top 10 in goals, assists, and points. Though he no longer wheres the Captain’s designation on his jersey there is little doubt that Brown remains a team leader on and off the ice.

3. Defensemen Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty’s career hasn’t finished and he is already the greatest Kings’ player in franchise history to man the blue-line as a defenseman. As of this writing, he is second in franchise leaders in goals and points, while being the all-time leader in games played and assists.

Doughty did most of his damage this past decade scoring the fifth-most goals with 104 and second-most points with 440. Doughty twice got his name on the Stanley Cup as the anchor for the defense.

During the decade Doughty also received plenty of individual recognition playing in five straight all-star games, placing first in the post-season NHL All-Star team twice, and becoming the second player in franchise history to win the Norris Trophy as the best defensemen in the league.

One day Doughty’s jersey should hang in the rafters in the Staple Center as a testament to his greatness on the team, it was during the 2010s where he really made his mark.

2. Forward Anze Kopitar

Anze Kopitar is the current team captain over the last decade he has been the best skater to put on the Kings’ uniform. He was the team leader in goals (233), assists (451), and points (684) for the decade the leader by wide margins.

Over the decade Kopitar played in three all-star games, became the first Kings player to win the Selke Award as the best defensive forward in the league and then won it again before finishing second and third in two other years.

Most importantly Kopitar was a main cog in the Kings playoff success. In 2011 Kopitar missed the Kings playoffs with a broken foot and not surprisingly they were out after just six games. But in 2012 Kopitar led the league in playoff scoring with 20 points and scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final.

In 2014 Kopitar again led all playoff players with 26 points as the Kings raised their second Stanley Cup. During the 2017-18 season, Kopitar had the best offensive season for a Kings skater since Wayne Gretzky in 1994. He set career highs in goals (35), assists (57), and points (92) leading to being named a finalist for the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

Kopitar was an out and out superstar for the Kings the last decade but falls just short for this writer to be number one.

1. Goaltender #32 Jonathan Quick

As a Los Angeles Kings fan, all I ever wanted was for the Kings to have a franchise goalie. Mine and fellow Kings fans’ prayers were answered when the Kings finally settled on Quick as the starter for the 2009-10 season.

Over the decade among goalies in the NHL with 100 games played Quick is 4th in wins (287), 4th in GAA (2.35), and second in shutouts (47). During the decade he played in two all-star games, was named to the postseason 2nd Team NHL All-Star team, and won two Williams Jennings Trophies for the fewest goals given up. Twice Quick was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie.

It was in the playoffs where Quick’s status became legendary. In 2012 he set an NHL record by posting a 1.41 GAA for the playoffs and recording three shutouts going 16-4 on the way to becoming the first Kings player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

In 2013 he was just as good posting a 1.86 GAA and getting two shutouts losing in the Western Conference Finals. In 2014 Quick’s playoffs started terribly giving up 16 goals and going down 0-3 in the first round to the San Jose Sharks. Quick and the Kings turned things around quickly winning four straight games and the series with Quick giving up 5 goals over those wins (a 1.25 GAA).

Quick helped the Los Angeles Kings win three straight Game seven’s during the playoff and five overtime wins.

Due to injuries and a rebuilding team, Quick has struggled lately with his play but as the last line of defense for the Kings, there is no doubt that without him the Kings would still be searching for their first Stanley Cup. That is why Quick is the greatest Kings player of the decade.

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