Needing a fully healthy roster seems to never be in the cards for the Los Angeles Kings. In 2016, they lost Jonathan Quick for 59 games after one period in the first game of the season. Last year, Jeff Carter was lost after a week of play, as he lost 55 games.
Dustin Brown out indefinitely
Now, in their last pre-season this past Saturday, the Kings lost one of their better players from last season’s turnaround year.
Dustin Brown suffered an injury after taking a shot off his hand. It was confirmed on Sunday that he sustained a broken finger.
Brown will be out indefinitely adding to the injury woes for the Kings during pre-season. They have already lost Jonny Brodzinski, due to a shoulder injury and Gabe Villardi, who was supposed to compete for a spot on the roster, to a back injury.
Get better soon, Brown! https://t.co/ICBgElmKQQ
— LA Kings (@LAKings) September 30, 2018
What this means for the Kings
A vast majority of the previous four seasons saw Brown struggle, with the front office looking for a way out of his contract. But then, Brown found himself once again, scoring a career-high 61 points, and was one of the feel good stories of the year.
He, alongside Anze Kopitar, helped carry the offense and return the Kings to the playoffs. Now fans are wondering how the Kings will be able to weather the season without Brown.
The loss of Brown means that someone else is going to have to step up their game and replace his production. With final roster cuts coming on Tuesday, someone like veteran Emerson Etem or a prospect like Jaret Anderson-Dolan, will get a spot with the Kings.
Brown’s goals might be replaced, but the Kings will be looking to replace his leadership. Someone is going to need to step up if LA wants to get back to the playoffs once more.