Wild West: General Manager Ratings – Los Angeles

Grant Campbell

2020-06-01

In part eight of our look at the Western Conference GMs, we will look at Rob Blake in Los Angeles who served as Assistant General Manager for the Kings for just under four years, before being named the GM of the team at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Category Ratings:

5: below average

6: average

7: above average

8: top ten

9: Exceptional

10: Perfect

Overall ratings are based only on the average of the four categories we look at, and the biggest takeaway should be how each GM compares/ranks to the others.

Prior Ratings:

Bob Murray – Anaheim: 7.85

John Chayka – Arizona: 6.62

Brad Treliving – Calgary: 7.5

Stan Bowman – Chicago: 7.6

Joe Sakic – Colorado: 7.55

Jim Nill – Dallas: 7.225

Ken Holland – Edmonton: 6.925 (post 2009)

Los Angeles Kings

GM – Rob Blake, hired April 10th, 2017

First category, winning:

Regular season record: 105W 106 L 15 OTL 8 SOL: 0.496 Win %

Best result and playoffs: The Kings made the playoffs in Blake's first season as GM in 2017-18 and lost in the first round. The team missed the playoffs in 2018-19 and will be on the outside looking in this season as well.

Blake inherited an aging team with most of the core players around the age of 30 and has Anze Kopitar (32), Dustin Brown (35), Jeff Carter (35) and Jonathan Quick (34) all committed till at least the end of 2021-22 at a combined cost of just under $27 million in cap space per season. Not to get ahead of ourselves but Blake contributed to this by re-signing Drew Doughty to an eight year deal with an $11 million AAV that only began in 2018-19. Yikes.

The Kings are on their third coach in three years under Rob Blake and are currently under the command of Todd McLellan.

Winning rating: 5.9

Drafting:

With only three years of drafting and only 23 picks it is a little difficult to gauge the success of the drafts headed up by Blake since 2017, but he has improved the