Fantasy Hockey: Anze Kopitar Returns to Ice

By Adam McGill
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar was one of the most popular picks in fantasy hockey drafts this past week. He was the critical part of the Kings’ 2012 Stanley Cup Championship, as he averaged 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists) in the postseason, so naturally fantasy owners moved him to the top of their draft boards.

Unfortunately, Kopitar was injured playing in a KHL game over in Sweden during the extended NHL lockout and the injury was originally labeled as a sprained knee. The team decided to be cautious with their franchise player and had him sit out the first game of the season, despite the fact that he was skating and shooting in practice all week.

The center was officially activated from the non-roster list on Tuesday and joined the team for their late night game. Kopitar was ready to get back to action after shockingly missing just the team’s opening game. This came as outstanding news to any fantasy owner with the Yugoslavian on their roster, as Kopitar was originally projected to be out for a minimum of a couple weeks.

In his opening game though, Kopitar had a relatively quiet performance. The team would end up losing to the Colorado Avalanche 3-1, so obviously the entire team looked flat. However, Kopitar still didn’t register a single point or shot on goal in the contest, so fantasy owners will have to wait another game or two to see his real return to the ice.

Kopitar is a natural playmaker, so fantasy fans are certainly happy to see him finally lace his skates up. He is still an elite fantasy center and will start racking up the points any day now.


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