That's how he's scoring all those fancy goals over there. It's only because he's against lesser opponents. He would never be able to make those great 1 on 1 moves in the NHL against world-class goalies, and especially not in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!
Thanks for the article,great as usual, but I am now tossed about how great it felt to win it and how totally pissed I am now without hockey, WE should be starting tailgateing for friday about now, it was going to be the second best night to be a Kings fan
He has always been elite. He'll be 100 point player now that Murray is back coaching in the minors.
1. He isn't in a dead-puck era system anymore.
2. He isn't forced to carry slugs like Calder, Frolov and Smyth.
3. Finally has solid 2nd line players in Carter and Richards backing him up.
4. A PP featuring Brown, Carter, Doughty and Richards. Compared to our PP's of the past and some of the awful players on it.
If there wasn't a lockout I had Kopitar pegged for 35-40 goals and 100+ points.
Yup. Even when he's not scoring, he's still backchecking.
It's not even just backchecking. In the oft-referenced 1 goal in 21 games streak from last year, he still had 12 points. While not stellar, he wasn't just gone offensively. Hell, that pace over 82 games would give you 47 points, which would have been 3rd on the team in points. The year before it was 2 goals in 25 games and he had 19 points.
Not to say that it's not something that needs to be addressed, but I feel it gets overblown.