NHL Western Conference teams confront key questions – NHL.com – NHL Insider

Los Angeles Kings:

How much does Ryan Smyth have left? Smyth came to L.A. during the summer following two disappointing seasons after he signed a big-money free-agent deal with Colorado. The Kings are counting on his experience, grit and scoring ability to help a group of talented young players take the next step and make the playoffs. But Smyth, who will turn 34 during the Olympic break, has never had more than 70 points and is more of a support player, especially at this stage of his career. The Kings need his leadership, but a return to the form that saw him score 36 goals in 2005-06 and 06-07 wouldnt hurt either.

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