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LA Kings’ Dustin Brown Hopes Attitude Change Continues To Work For Him

Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — In the 2011-12 season, the year the Los Angeles Kings won the first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history, forward Dustin Brown scored 22 goals and added 32 assists for 54 points in 82 games. To top it off, he tied center Anze Kopitar for the league lead in playoff goals and points with eight goals and twelve assists for 20 points—he also tied defenseman Drew Doughty and Kopitar for the league lead in playoff assists—helping lead the team to that first Stanley Cup win.

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LA Kings Center Nic Dowd Seeks More Responsibility, Bigger Role

Los Angeles Kings center Nic Dowd (right), skating in on goaltender
Johathan Quick during a training camp drill.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings being set with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter occupying their first and second line center positions, Nic Dowd is expected to remain in the third line center spot. But entering his second full season in the National Hockey League, he is looking for greater responsibility, a bigger role.

Both Dowd and his coaches are looking for improvement in key areas that will allow him to take on the added responsibility that he seeks.

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LA Kings’ New Head Coach Gets Analytical About His Team’s Offensive Woes

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (right) receives instruction from then-associate head coach John Stevens (left).
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LOS ANGELES — As it was when the Los Angeles Kings introduced Rob Blake as their new general manager, offense, or more accurately, the lack thereof, was the most discussed topic when the team introduced their new head coach, John Stevens, who had been an assistant coach under Terry Murray and associate head coach under Darryl Sutter.

Early in the press conference on April 24 where he was introduced to the local media, Stevens said something that has been plainly evident for a long time: that the Kings don’t get pucks or bodies to the middle of the ice or the front of the net anywhere enough.

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It’s All About Opportunity For LA Kings C Prospect Jonny Brodzinski

Los Angeles Kings center prospect Jonny Brodzinski, shown here playing for the AHL’s Ontario Reign
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — From the start of the 2016-17 season, Los Angeles Kings center prospect Jonny Brodzinski has had his sights set on a late season call-up from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League to the National Hockey League and the Kings.

“It’s something you work for,” he said. “This is why you put all the hours in during the summer. You get to play with [future] Hall of Famers. It’s awesome.”

“Right at the beginning of the year, I wanted to [score] 35 [goals this season] in the American league,” he added. “That was my goal. I was getting close to it, and thought that if I was getting close I’d get a call-up. I just plugged away all year, worked hard, and got rewarded.”

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Derek Forbort Has Been A Pleasant Surprise For LA Kings

LA Kings defenseman prospect Derek Forbort
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although he isn’t lighting up the league, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Derek Forbort has exceeded expectations to this point in the 2016-17 National Hockey League season.

The 24-year-old, 6-4, 216-pound native of Duluth, Minnesota has surprised many with one goal and eight assists for nine points, a +4 plus/minus rating and 34 penalty minutes in 28 games this season—numbers not expected from the stay-at-home defenseman who came into the season with low expectations.

Forbort, who was selected by the Kings in the first round (15th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been seeing more ice time since defenseman Brayden McNabb suffered an upper body injury on October 29 at St. Louis, and so far, he has shown some improvement, even though, as it often happens with young players, he has his share of good and bad moments.

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