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Youth key for Kings' future success

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(Sports Network) - It's a good thing there is plenty of stuff to do in Los Angeles other than watch hockey.

The Los Angeles Kings missed the postseason for the fourth straight season, and their 68 points on the year marked their lowest total in a full season since a 67-point performance in 1996-97.

In fact, Los Angeles' 27-41-14 record was the second worst in the Western Conference, ahead of only Phoenix, and was the third poorest mark in the entire NHL. The Kings also finished with the second fewest wins in the league.

Los Angeles never really got it going on the year, never winning more than two straight games while finishing with a road mark of 11-25-5.

However, it wasn't all bad for the Kings, who saw the emergence of two players that are sure to be key for their future. Those players are centers in 24- year-old Mike Cammalleri and 19-year-old Anze Kopitar.

Cammalleri led the team in scoring this season with 80 points, and his 34 goals were just one behind Alexander Frolov's team-high 35. Cammalleri had 16 points in 13 November games, a career high for points in one month, and ripped of a five-game point streak late in the month.

Kopitar, meanwhile, was third among all rookie skaters with 61 points (20 goals, 41 assists), and his game-winning goal in the Kings' season finale against the Coyotes helped snap a six-game losing streak and send Los Angeles into the offseason on a high note.

The duo's performance was not lost on the team, as Cammalleri was named the franchise's most valuable player, while Kopitar earned best newcomer. Both honors were voted on by the media.

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