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Brown on Kopitar: ‘He doesn’t get enough credit’

Jun 15, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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If you weren’t aware before the playoffs started, you found out during the Los Angeles Kings’ run to winning their second Stanley Cup in three years that Anze Kopitar is a pretty good player.

Kopitar led all players in the postseason in points with 26. He had a hand in shutting down superstar centers Joe Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf, and Jonathan Toews in the first three rounds and did well to hold Derek Stepan to just two assists in the Cup Final.

Even in spite of his success, he may not jump to mind first when talking about elite centers in the NHL and Kings captain Dustin Brown can’t believe that as Corey Masisak of NHL.com shared.

“You try and describe guys [as] ‘shutdown D’ or ‘goal-scorer’ or ‘grinder.’ I’ve said this before about [Kopitar], he’s just a hockey player,” Brown said. “If the best play’s a pass, it’s a pass, if the best play’s a shot, it’s a shot. He’s just a complete hockey player. He doesn’t get enough credit in my opinion, partly probably because of the market we’re in, his background. If he was a Canadian and played in New York, [there would] probably be more people talking about him.”

There’s no doubt about that, but even as a Slovenian playing in Los Angeles, more people are taking notice of him. Winning two Stanley Cups helps out, but he’s been a top point producer for the Kings since entering the league in 2006. Having offense to go with the superstar-shutting-down defense makes him one of the league’s best.

  1. flyerspsu - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Top 5 in the league imo

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      1. Datsyuk
      2. Kopitar
      3. Bergeron
      4. ….
      5. ….

      4-5 are pick em’s…

      between guys like Toes, Kesler, etc…

      • blomfeld - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM

        1) Jonathan Quick
        2) Drew Doughty
        3) Jeff Carter
        4) Anze Kopitar
        5) Alec Martinez

        394) Alexander Ovechkin
        395) Jim Neighbors
        396) Sidney Crosby
        397) Zsa Zsa Gabor
        398) Henrik ‘Lucifer’ Lundqvist
        399) Tina Fey

      • habs9 - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        i wouldnt quite say he’s better than Bergeron yet, and i can’t see how he’s better than Toews either but certainly at this point he’s 3rd best, currently due to Datsyuk’s age i’d say he’s above him, but i’d put Datsyuk at 3 with no disrespect, but you have to consider that he simply isnt 30 anymore

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        Kopitar outplayed Toes head to head, five on five, more points, etc… Kopitar also stifled Getzlaf and co. He gets the nod over Bergeron due to his role in winning two cups.

    • flyerspsu - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Crosby, stamkos, toews, kopitar and then maybe Datsyuk, after that its getzlaf, giroux, Malkin, tavares, Kane, Perry, Benn, Bergeron in no specific order, I’m probably forgetting some guys but that’s mine, you could make a case for bergeron, tavares, getzlaf or Malkin to sneal into the top 5

  2. terrier92 - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Guy is a stud

  3. hardkor07mn - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    This might be the most intelligent thing to fallout of dirtbag browns mouth. Kopitar is very good. Brown is a puke.

    • dbreslow56 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Sour grapes maybe?

    • avscup - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      Internet tough guys are pukes!

  4. iowa02 - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    I think that Kopitar is a all around player who does his job and does it well. Winning buckets of individual awards won’t be the end all be all for him. People know he name for the right reasons. The reason he and others like Williams are overshadowed because the media needs someone who is a little more entertaining. You have a captain who makes news for questionable hits, a talented goalie with a over inflated ego and two teammates with a frat boy party reputation and only one who has really gotten it together this year. That is just as an outsider looking in. I am not a fan of the Kings but I am of Kopitar.

    • dbreslow56 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Except it’s a TEAM led by one of the best coaches in the business. At the end of the day the only stat that really matters is the scoreboard! Right now the scoreboard reads the Kings are Stanley Cup Champions 2 out of the last 3 years, period! If Darryl Sutter hadn’t walked away from coaching for personal reasons he’d have as many wins as Q. Mad respect for the Hawks. Go Kings!

    • nyking1963 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      You”re right about Kopitar and the fact that you have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to the Kings.
      Brown is known as a great leader. It’s people who don’t watch Kings games who make that ridiculous statement. He’s been suspended one time in his career. He plays on the edge every single night, but obviously doesn’t cross it..at least as far as the league is concerned. How many other Captains currently playing in the NHL have raised the cup twice? It’s a very short list.
      As for Quick…Dude I’m actually completely shocked that you could be so wrong about a guy. Did you just make up the part of him having a huge ego?
      He has never once taken credit for anything in his career. Every single question is answered with..It’s always about the team. It’s never ME when it comes to Quick.
      Frat boys? Again as an outsider looking in, you missed a lot of what has been going on. There has never been one instance of any news about Carter and Richards since they’ve been with the Kings. Carter has become a complete 200′ player.
      What people did when they were younger shouldn’t be continually brought up when it has nothing to do with who they are as mature leaders of a 2 time Stanley Cup winning team.
      If you’re going to post somethng about another team, at least know what you’re talking about.

    • paulerhythm - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      Wow, you are an imbecile…

  5. ravenscaps48 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Kopitar is the same thing as Jonathan Towes. Like Brown said, if he were from Canada or the U.S. , He’d be considered one of the best players in league. But he’s from a country where he was the only NHL Representative. Keep up the great work, superstar!

    • hrudey - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:38 AM

      Even if he were just in one of the big East Coast markets, he’d be getting a lot more publicity with his resume, which includes being the leading postseason scorer two years (with the team winning the Cup), an elite defensive forward (one Selke nomination, probably could have been nominated for two more), a guy who’s relentless with the puck and great on the forecheck, and who has led his team in scoring in seven consecutive seasons. And he’s sitll only 26

  6. blomfeld - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    JUST AS A ‘TRUE’ CAPTAIN WOULD SAY !

    Well said Captain Brown ! … and very ‘Nelsonian’ I might add :) Anze is an integral and ‘beautiful’ component of our machine and we love him to death !!!

    GO KINGS GO !!!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    *** celebratory ‘pro’ LA King march demonstration being held right now in Thailand ! ***

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      Not a fan of Brown, but you can see from my comment above, Kopitar is just behind Datsyuk as the top all around center in the league today.

      I’d rather have a guy like Datsyuk, Kopi, or Giroux on my team than say Crosby… for example. Some players whinge and cry too much.

      • blomfeld - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        Datsyuk, Kopi or Giroux = Men ! :) … Crosby not so much :(

  7. kingsomab - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    The whole of Slovenia is extremely proud of him, I can tell you that ;) not only is he a ridiculously good hockey player, he’s also a great person off the ice. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if they talk about you a lot, but WHEN they talk about you ;)

    • ravenscaps48 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      You’ll see that he’ll be like Teemu Selanne was for Finland. He’ll be the National Hero that THOUSANDS of people will worship and he’ll pave the way for Slovenians to try and crack NHL Rosters. Kids growing up there will say “I want to be like Anze Kopitar.” and that will bring nothing but smiles to #11 forever. What an honor.

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