Best that I've seen this year. Interesting that he stepped up his game in a more puck-control/passing/setup role. Not to mess with success, but if he could continue to perform in that type of role I think it'd be interesting to put him at RW on the first line and let Cammalleri center it with Frolov on the left. Nothing against Armstrong, just a curious experiment since we aren't making the playoffs this year.
I think playing on a line with Anze Ivanans really helped Brown last night. In other words, as a passenger on a line with Kopitar, Brown has been meh. As a driver on another line, much better. No need for Crawford to mess with the Brown - Ivanans - O'Sullivan line at the moment. Seems that maybe both Brown and O'Sullivan worked a little differently with their new linemate last night..
Not that I am sure of what the options are, but that WAS the best Dustin Brown of the season last night.
I posted the same thought yesterday on the-site-that-shall-not-be-named. Actually, Foxy didn't come right out and say that it would be a good idea, but he did make an observation yesterday (I think during the post-game), that "from the standpoint" of Kopitar not being there, Brown was a lot more assertive and it produced tangible results.
Now the question is whether Crow could make the same connection and test this theory over the course of at least few games. I agree with you that he should.
After seeing Ivanans replace Kopitar on that line last night, I think Kopitar is going to have a tough time cracking the lineup again ...especially if it's Ivanans he has to fight to get his spot back.
I can see it now... Ivanans skates up to Anze before a face-off in practice and says "Wanna Go..... Square up? OK... Good Luck!"
Just remember before you start putting Brown on a line with a couple of less assertive guys that Anze has the space to skate and maneuver in no small part because #23 spends half of his night knocking guys into next Tuesday for him.
Not to mess with success, but if he could continue to perform in that type of role I think it'd be interesting to put him at RW on the first line and let Cammalleri center it with Frolov on the left.
That might not work as well because if you've looked at Frolov's game, he too likes to control the puck and initiate the offense -- just like Kopitar.
Originally Posted by Jacob-KingsVisnovsky
i think Brown has to be able to play the same type of game together with Kopitar...why wouldn't he?
He can't play that same type of game with Kopitar because Kopitar wants to play the exact same way. That's why people have been talking in this thread that Brown defers to Kopitar and doesn't take charge as he did last night when paired with Ivanans and O'Sullivan.
I know one game doesn't mean a lot but in my eyes Dustin Brown showed real versatility and knowledge of the roles he has been asked to play. That shows a tremendous amount of maturity, and if he keeps this up really enhances his value to the Kings and anyone else who may be interested in him.
Good job Brownie!
Brown looked pretty damn awesome last night. Keep him with O'Sullivan and Ivanans.
When Kopitar comes back, put him with Frolov and Cammy and Army with Brown and O'Sully. Brown can carry the puck in, Army can grind it out in the corners and down low, and O'Sully can look for the shot like Cammy does. I think that would balnce out the top 2 lines better.