Remember when the Kings tried to make Erik Rasmussen into a scoring forward, looks like the same is being done with Calder.
Putting one of your most talented forwards on a 4th line and giving him no PP time?
Playing Ivanans as much as he does.
Playing LaBarbera as much as he did early in the year.
Do you think Kopitar, Brown, Frolov and O'Sullivan just turned into bad hockey players over the summer, no, they are being grossly misused by this coach. Same can be said for Handzus.
I love what he has done with the defense, but these forward lines make absolutely no sense whatsoever. You have a 4th liner on the #1 line, you have a defenseman playing wing, you have a talented sniper on a 4th line with a rookie and a defenseman, and the same sniper getting 0 PP time, you have a player who can barely skate and handle a puck on a stopper line with Handzus.
And people wonder why this team can't score goals.
How can he justify these lines?
Those are my main beefs. Why not use Richardson instead of Harrold as well? How about put Boyle on the PP? For a lineup with a silly amount of imagination it is pretty vanilla results.
Kopitar is just snakebitten this year. He looks out of sync, as someone already said. It probably has something to do with trying to establish more of a two way game, plus the added pressure of wearing a letter and the huge extension. Look at Vanek. He signed a 7 million dollar deal with the Sabres, then looked pretty average the following season. Fast forward a year later and he's leading the league in goals. This is what happens to young players these days. Kopitar's already admitted to gripping the stick a little tight. He'll get it together; it's just a matter of when. But on the bright side, I've seen him make more good defensive plays in the first 16 games of this season than in his past two years combined.
This team is really good defensively. Can't wait until Johnson is back so Gauthier can sit. This guy just can't keep up.
O'Sullivan looks pretty anemic out there, too. But that probably has something more to do with his linemates than anything else.
Ersberg looks pretty solid.
We can still pull this game out. Just one lucky bounce.