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Dustin Brown knows he can be a lot better

Jan 4, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

MONTREAL, QC - DECEMBER 10: Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings skates during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on December 10, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Kings defeated the Canadiens 6-0. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) Getty Images

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown has never been an elite scorer, but for years he’s been a consistent producer. Before the shortened campaign, he recorded between 46 and 60 points for six straight seasons while still playing a physical game.

The 2013-14 campaign has been an exception though. While he’s still throwing his body around, he has just 13 points in 41 contests. That puts him on pace to have his least productive season since 2003-04 when he played in just 31 games as a rookie.

“I could be a (heck) of a lot better,” Brown conceded to LA Kings Insider.

His struggles has led to him dropping from his typical 19 to 20 minutes per contest to an average of just 16:52 minutes this season. He only ended up logging 13:04 minutes against St. Louis on Thursday.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter noted that Brown isn’t playing as aggressively along the walls or to the net lately. For the most part, his drop off has been mitigated by the fact that Los Angeles is having a great season anyways, but after losing five straight games, this would be an ideal time for Brown to step up.

Los Angeles will face Vancouver tonight.

  1. dontbsuchapuss - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Which is why he shouldn’t be on team USA when he admits and doesn’t just go out and do it that’s just plain laziness.

    • badgerhockey77 - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Can’t understand why this bum was chosen for the Team USA again. Brown is having a terrible year statistically, he isn’t a particularly fast skater, and he’s a dirty cheap shot artist. So, he gets picked for his leadership apparently? TONS of leaders on Team USA!!! Backes, Suter, Martin, Callahan etc… No need for this underachiever on the team. Brown is America’s Matt Cooke!

  2. sjsharks86 - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    He’ll play better once the Cursl is lifted, either when Hertl comes back from injury or after a suitable sacrifice is made, not before.

  3. tfilarski - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    he better be a lot better come Sochi

  4. ynothockey - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Prediction Brown will stick his knee out on some player during Olympics.

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      If that actually happens, I’ll bet the IOC will handle matters better than the NHL.

      Them again, that’s a really low bar.

    • uscthom78 - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      No chance in hell Bylsma would put brown on the ice when sid’s playing.

    • c9castine - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      why? hasn’t done it before.

  5. martysbetter - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    They should trade him to New Jersey ;-)

  6. blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    GREAT GAME TONIGHT CAPTAIN BROWN !!!

    AND GOOD ON YOU FOR PUTTING ALL OF YOUR DETRACTORS IN THEIR PLACE !!! :) :) :)

    • jhaegs - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:13 AM

      Wow, he scored a goal. He’s still a bum that’s having a terrible season.

      • blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Quit being a troll ! … stick to your Blues’ articles ! :)

      • jhaegs - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        My comments are relative to the story at hand. Besides, by the laws of the internet, there’s no such thing as trolling a troll.

  7. jhaegs - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    I really don’t understand why he’s on team USA. Just because he made it last time, that doesn’t mean he should have an advantage over other players. What does he have, 14pts all year? I know of a few 3rd liners that are more deserving…

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