- Feb 28, 2002
Tough call between him and Brown. Culture started w Brownie.
Yeah, definitely a great core.IDK. Brown took a few years to come into his role. I remember Kopitar being pretty damn good right away. I think the culture was still with the "older" guys at the time, transitioning into the rookies. Nobody knew what the future would hold with them and that it was the beginning of an era. Kopitar is the greatest Kings player overall IMO. I mean he's.. still topping our scoring sheet. Gotta slot Doughty and Quick in there too IMO.
Brownie was also playing with a hurt knee for the 2013 playoffsI still think the Kings win the Cup in 2013 if Kopitar and Doughty were healthy. Kopitar sprained his knee at the end of the lockout and he went on to play some of the worst hockey of his career in 2013.
The official word was that he was healthy but the results speak for themselves. He was more than a step slow that season and his playoffs were awful.
Doughty barely avoided blowing out his knee in game 2 of the WCF when that bum Bryan Bickell targeted his ankle/knee. Extremely dirty play. Doughty was playing on one knee for the rest of the series and he was coming off of one of the most physically punishing series that Kings squad played in their 3 year run.
Round 2 vs the Sharks saw them targeting and successfully hitting Doughty on every dump in as they tried their best to wear him down. They succeeded like few teams have ever be able to against Drew and the end result was he was a shell of himself in the WCF.
Good on Kopi for getting this, and as much as Doughty is going to want to have all the longevity records I don't know that he's going to beat father time the way Kopi will. He's not exactly Chelios and I think he's too much a competitor to put up with playing 10 mins a night.
That said greatest king is a funny title, and how has nobody voted for Lubo?