Last week we looked at the forwards and gave grades based on their performance during the season.

Today, we look at the defensive core of the Los Angeles Kings.

Mikey Anderson – Time for growth and development but has a promising future on the Kings blue line (C).

Drew Doughty – The former Norris Trophy winner struggled a bit last year, but so did the entire team. However, he still provided offense and the sandpaper that comes in his game. Just like the Kings, he will be in better next season (B).

Ben Hutton – Steady, reliable D and not a bad pickup but it is not a sealed deal that he will be back in 20-21 (C).

Kurtis MacDermid – Didn’t look out of place, threw his weight around, fought, provided the scoring. Deserves to be a full- time player on the Kings blueline next season. (B).

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Matt Roy – Did everything well and exceeded expectations Played both ends of the ice extremely well and contributed offensively (A).

Joakim Ryan –Played well defensively but nothing else really to say about his game. Did not play much down the stretch (D).

Sean Walker – Another bright spot for the Kings and the back end. Showed he is another blueliner who should be considered for a full- time role next year. Did everything well and if not for Matt Roy, would have been one of the best defensemen for the Kings last year. (B).

Along with defensive prospects in Ontario (Reign), the back end in the Kings organization is bright, filled with promise and scary good for the next 10 years. Kings’ backend is young but, with experience, could be top 5 in the league.

What are your thoughts on the current Kings defensemen and the defensemen in the organization?

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