Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings is a special player, from the point-per-game offense (25 points in 26 games this season) to a defensive game that had some chatting him up for a Selke nod last season.
Also, he looks like a Caucasian FrankenBerry.
Itís one thing to watch and appreciate Kopitar. Itís another to listen to an old hockey guy like his coach Darryl Sutter put him over, as he did this afternoon.
Via LA Kings Insider:
ďHeís the best all-around centerman that Iíve coached, period. Period. Faceoffs, last minute, first minute, penalty killer. Plays against everybodyís top player, whether itís a defenseman, a center, a checking role or an offensive role. He plays 20-plus minutes. Doesnít take penalties. Itís the whole deal. He can play it whatever way we want.Come and get me!
"Do you want to come and get me? Come and get meÖHe can play it any way we want. And you know what? The best thing about Kopitar is heís getting better. And when they do the comparisons with guys that are like that, thereís only a handful of them.Ē
So, the takeaway here is that Anze Kopitar is a better center than Jeremy Roenick, Bernie Nicholls, Vincent Damphousse and Patrick Marleau, all of whom Sutter coached Ö
The Kings face the Anaheim Ducks this evening at the Pond.
If you were to slot Kopitar in among the NHLís top centers, where would he go? Top of the noggin, Iíd go Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews Ö and then you have a grouping of Kopitar, Ryan Getzlaf, John Tavares, Pavel Datsyuk, Joe Thornton and Henrik Sedin to sort out.