Why Los Angeles Kings C Mike Richards Is Ready for an All-Star 2013-14 Season

When Mike Richards joins a team it is likely going to win a championship sooner or later. But, as an individual, does the Los Angeles Kings center still have something to prove?

Richards is the only player in history to win a Memorial Cup, Calder Cup and Stanley Cup. He also captained arguably the greatest World Juniors team ever in 2005, as Team Canada dominated en route to gold. And, he captured Olympic gold in 2010.

Richards is a proven leader who has the ability to play in any situation, sometimes at different positions. He has always put the team first and because of that he doesn't often get recognized for his individual efforts. Richards made his lone All-Star appearance in 2008, a season in which he recorded 75 points. 

Fast forward to the 2013-14 season, where Richards appears poised for another All-Star caliber campaign. 

The Kenora, Ontario native is in the midst of his prime at age 28 and is playing on a team considered one of the favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup. 

If the end of last season and the playoffs are any indication, Richards should spend plenty of time centering a line with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli. All three are capable of putting up big numbers, as they proved in the 2013 postseason by combining for 31 points and a plus-16 rating. 

Carter is certainly no stranger to playing with Richards and the two seem to have a strong connection on and off the ice. Carter is a good skater with a tremendous shot and should once again help Richards rack up assists. 

Toffoli is 21 years old and has just 22 games of NHL experience, including both regular season and playoffs. However, he's already shown he has the skill set to be a top-six forward. Toffoli has great hockey sense, good speed and an excellent release. 

Richards should put up his best offensive numbers in years by utilizing his playmaking skills and dri...

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