AXS Sports is in the process of featuring the top seven Los Angeles Kings at each position. In the fifth of the six-part series, it is time to feature the best seven left shooting defensemen in Kings history. The top Kings left-handed shooting blueliner on the list is two-time Kings all-star, Steve Duchesne.
7) Ian Turnbull--Acquired by the Los Angeles Kings from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Billy Harris and John Gibson on Nov. 11, 1981, Turnbull did not spend much time with the Kings, only 42 regular season games exactly in 1981-82 (11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points). However on Dec. 12, 1981, Turnbull had a magical game against the Vancouver Canucks as he tied a Kings franchise record for most goals in a game with four in a 7-5 Los Angeles win. He also set the Kings record for most goals by a defenseman in one game. Ironically, Turnbull also has the NHL record for most goals by a defenseman in one game. On Feb. 2, 1977, Turnbull had a NHL record five goals in a 9-1 Maple Leafs win over the Detroit Red Wings. Turnbull had 123 goals in 628 NHL regular season games with the Kings, Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins. However. nine of those goals came in two games.
6) Gary Sargent-- Selected in the third round, 48th overall, by the Kings in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, Sargent played three seasons for the Kings from 1975-1978 before signing as a free agent with the Minnesota North Stars. In 215 games with the Kings, Sargent had 29 goals and 90 assists for 119 points and was a +20. Sargent's best NHL season came with the Kings in 1976-77 when he had career highs in goals (14), assists (40) and points (54). He also had three goals and four assists for seven points in 11 postseason games with Los Angeles.
5) Mathieu Schneider--Signed as a free agent by the Kings on Aug. 14, 2000, Schneider played 193 regular season games with the Kings from 2000-2003. In three seasons he had 37 goals and 87 assists for 124 points and was a +3. Schneider represented the Kings at the 2003 NHL All-Star Game in Florida. He also led the Kings in playoff scoring during the 2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs with nine points, with all nine points coming off assists. In all, the 10 assists in 20 postseason games for Los Angeles.
4) Lubomir Visnovsky-- Selected in the fourth round, 118th overall by the Kings in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Visnovsky played seven seasons with the Kings from 2000-2008. In 499 regular season games, Visnovsky had 70 goals and 209 assists for 279 points, and was a +11. In 2006-07, Visnovsky had a co-career high 18 goals and in 2005-06, he had a co-career high 50 assists. He would later have 18 goals and 50 assists for 68 points with the Anaheim Ducks in 2010-11. Visnovsky was on the NHL all-rookie team in 2000-01 as he had seven goals and 32 assists for 39 points and was a +16. He also represented the Kings at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game in Dallas.
3) Jake Muzzin--Signed as a free agent by the Kings on Jan. 4, 2010, Muzzin has played seven seasons with the Kings since 2010-11. In 446 regular season games, Muzzin has 47 goals and 145 assists for 192 points and is a +14. Muzzin's playoff performances with the Kings have also been strong. In 50 postseason games, Muzzin had seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points and was on the Kings team that won the 2014 Stanley Cup. During the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Muzzin scored a key game-winning goal on the power play in a 6-2 Kings win over the Chicago Blackhawks to even the Western Conference Final at one game apiece.
2) Alec Martinez--Selected in the fourth round, 95th overall by the Kings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Martinez has played nine seasons with the Kings since 2009. In 496 regular season games, Martinez has 57 goals and 115 assists for 172 points and is a +34. Martinez's best NHL season came in 2016-17 when he set career highs in assists with 30 and points with 39. However, the reason why Martinez is at number two, is because of his playoff performances with the Kings. A two-time Stanley Cup champion with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014, Martinez has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 64 playoff games. However one could argue that the sixth career playoff goal on June 13, 2014 was the biggest goal in Kings franchise history. It came at 14:43 of double overtime in a 3-2 Kings win over the New York Rangers in game five of the Stanley Cup Finals. The goal clinched the Kings' second Stanley Cup.
1) Steve Duchesne--Signed as a free agent by the Kings on Oct. 1, 1984, Duchesne played six seasons with the Kings from 1986-1991 and again from 1998-1999. In 442 games, Duchesne had 99 goals and 216 assists for 315 points. In three consecutive seasons from 1988-1991, Duchesne reached the 20 goal plateau. In 1988-89, Duchesne scored a career-high 25 goals. In the postseason, Duchesne had 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points in 43 games. A member of the NHL All-Rookie team in 1986-87, Duchesne represented the Kings at the 1989 and 1990 NHL All-Star Games.