Edited Sep. 29, 2022 at 3:07 p.m.
1. Early projections show that Calgary and Edmonton will compete for the division title, and Vancouver and LA will probably be in close competition for 3rd in the division. Vegas will likely be right behind them, while San Jose, Seattle, and Anaheim will be competing for Connor Bedard.
2. Power play lines are still a work in progress. Kopitar, Fiala, Kempe, and Doughty are all locks for the 1st PP unit. While Danault, Kaliyev, and Durzi will be locks for the 2nd. The remaining spots will be in competition by Iafallo, Moore, Byfield, and Vilardi. Once Arvidsson is back, he'll likely get in on the 2nd unit as well.
3. Breakout candidates are Byfield and Vilardi. Vilardi looks to be the player who will be slotted in on the 2nd line while Arvidsson is out for the first few weeks of the season. Brandt Clarke has looked really good in camp, but due to his age and the waiver status of other players on the team, he's unlikely to stick. If he does, he's a strong candidate to surprise as well.
4. Define "bad". Guys like Mikey Anderson and Matt Roy are never going to put up a ton of points, but they'll likely meet their average season production. If you're asking who is likely to decline below expectations, that's a different question entirely. A big question mark is whether Trevor Moore and Adrian Kempe will be able to match their career highs from last season.
5. As it stands, Quick is the starting goaltender for the Kings. Petersen had a down year in 2021-22, and Quick had one of the best of his career. That being said, the Kings are looking for Petersen to step up so they can start handing the reins over. If their quality of play from last season continues, I'd expect Quick to get around 50 starts, and Petersen to get the other 32, with Quick getting all the playoff starts. If Petersen starts to play better, or if Quick starts to show his age, then it will be closer to an even split.