Anze Kopitar Doesn’t Need To Score To Be Effective For LA Kings
The Los Angeles Kings managed to rattle off four straight wins against the St. Louis Blues, punching their ticket to the Western Conference Semifinals. But that doesn’t mean that they’re entirely pleased with their performance. They’ll need more production on offense in order to make another deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In this search for offense, many have called out the likes of Anze Kopitar as a player who needs to start finding the back of the net with more regularity. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Kopitar hasn’t been effective, though, despite only one goal in the first six games of the postseason.
Coming off of goal totals of 34, 25, and 25, respectively, over the past three seasons, Kopitar’s goal output was pretty disappointing, even in a shortened season. He finished the regular season with only 10 goals, but did manage to finish the year with a very nice 42 points overall.
So it’s not like Kopitar has been invisible. He’s been setting up teammates to the tune of 32 assists this season. Not that a lack of goals should come as any surprise. Last season, on the Kings’ run to a Stanley Cup title, Kopitar had only eight goals, but finished with 20 points in 20 games overall.
The Kings managed to grab the no. 5 seed in the Western Conference without much in the goal department from Kopitar. They managed to win a Stanley Cup last year without much in the goal department from Kopitar. He’s not the type of guy that absolutely has to be scoring goals for the Kings to be successful.
They have folks like Jeff Carter and Justin Williams for that sort of thing. What they need from Kopitar is that Selke Trophy form. They need him to win draws, play strong in his own zone, and set up his teammates. He’s been doing that all year long, and if he continues to do so, the Kings will be just fine.