They won a mere two games in December and ended up using seven goalies during a not-so-memorable Kings season in 2007-08.

But one of those goalies — Jason LaBarbera — recognized something special in two of the Kings' young forwards, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar. They had career breakthrough performances that season, scoring 33 and 32 goals, respectively.

"You could see how great they were going to be," said LaBarbera, who is now the Phoenix Coyotes' backup goalie. "They've always been really good players. But they've never been on that pedestal they are on now. They're doing what they're supposed to be doing."