Anze Kopitar: The prospect from Slovenia made quite the showing at the Pacific Division Shootout rookie tournament this year. By all accounts, he was head and shoulders above the competition, forcing mistakes and generating opportunities with his world-class speed and elite reflexes. He had 20 points last year while playing first-division hockey in Sweden to show that he can handle the challenges of playing against men. If he can keep up his early pace in training camp, Kopitar will be in the running to start the season as a top-6 forward, giving Marc Crawford even more flexibility in how he throws together his forward lines.
The Kings' fortunes up front will rest heavily on the continued maturation of their young guns. Cammalleri, Frolov and Brown have all proven that they can play at a top level, but must continue to put up numbers that justify management's huge investment of faith and their abilities. Nobody is 100-percent sure what prospects O'Sullivan and Kopitar will bring to the proceedings, but there is certainly the potential for them to be major contributors as the season progresses. Yet, even with so much uncertainty, there is still a proven core of veteran forwards that can be counted on for representative performances. Plus, Crawford has already guaranteed that his team will play an attacking, entertaining brand of hockey that should showcase the arsenal of skills inherent in Los Angeles' collection of forwards.
That's a bang-on assessment, IMO.
I agree with most of what was said in the overall report as well...
I think the reports we were given indicated that it had improved alot...however, I don't think those reports indicated that it had been converted into so much of a strength.
He's not fast, but I think he moves in all directions (and changes directions) fairly quickly. He's certainly not slow, in my opinion. I'm not sure if that qualifies as world class speed, though; I wouldn't word it like that.