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Los Angeles Kings Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The Los Angeles Kings became an NHL franchise in 1968 and while the team has 23 playoff appearances, they have never won a Stanley Cup. The closest they came was in 1992-93 when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Finals under coach Barry Melrose. The Kings have put some great players on the ice, however, and here is a short list of their all-time leading goal scorers to date:
Luc Robitaille (557)—Left wing Luc Robitaille had three stints with the Kings, from 1986 to 1994, 1997 to 2001, and 2003-06. Robitaille leads the Kings all-time with 557 goals, and he had an astounding eight seasons with 44 or more goals while in a Kings uniform. His best season was the year the team reached the Cup Finals in 1992-93, when Robitaille scored a career high 63 goals with 62 assists for 125 total points (also career best).
Marcel Dionne (550)—Center Marcel Dionne played for the Kings most of his career, from 1975 to 1987, and he ranks second in the team’s history with 550 goals scored. Dionne scored 50 or more goals six times while with Los Angeles, and he had a career high 59 goals in 1978-79. But Dionne’s best season was probably 1979-80, when he scored 53 goals and had career highs in assists (84) and total points (137, led NHL).
Dave Taylor (431)—Right wing Dave Taylor played in Los Angeles his entire career, from 1977 to 1994, and he ranks third in franchise history with 431 goals. Taylor had his best season in 1980-81, when he had career highs in goals (47) and total points (112), including 65 assists. Taylor also boasted a plus-47 that season.
Bernie Nicholls (327)—Journeyman center Bernie Nicholls began his career with the Kings and played there from 1981 to 1990. Nicholls had some great seasons in Los Angeles, and ranks fourth in Kings’ history with 327 goals scored. But his best season was head and shoulders above any other season he had, and was 1988-89. That year, Nicholls had career highs in goals (70), assists (80) and total points (150).
Butch Goring (275)—Center Butch Goring won a few Stanley Cups with the Islanders, but he began his career with the Kings and played in Los Angeles from 1969 to 1980. Goring scored 30 or more goals four times with the Kings, and he had a career high 37 goals in 1977-78. But his best season was probably 1976-77, when Goring scored 36 goals and added 51 assists for a career best 87 total points.