October 25, 2009 4 Comments
LOS ANGELES — Going into the 2009-10 season, one of the keys to the success for the Los Angeles Kings was that their core players must be better than last season, especially center Anze Kopitar.
Although the Kings are just eleven games into the season, to say that Kopitar has shown improvement would be like saying ice is cold.
To coin a phrase, oh what a difference a year makes.
Kopitar has melted the ice to start the season, scoring eight goals while contributing eleven assists for nineteen points in the team’s first eleven games.
To say that is a far cry from how he started the 2008-09 season would be, once again, stating the obvious.
Last season, Kopitar got off to a slow start, scoring a goal and adding six assists for seven points in the Kings’ first eleven games. He did not record his nineteenth point until December 5, 2008, in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Six days later, he finally scored his eighth goal of the season, in a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Read more of this post