The Beast that is, Anze Kopitar
By: Joe Borek (@jjborek26)
Kopitar is still a beast for sure. In 70 games this past season Anze got it done with 62 total points. He had 21 goals and 41 assists to accumulate that total. After a down season last year in 2018-19, following a monster campaign in 2017-18 Kopitar showed this season he more than still got it. He is still a very effective two-way player finishing seventh in Selke voting this past season.
Kopitar won the Selke in his previously mentioned stellar season of 2017-18 and then in an overall down season for the Kings struggles in 2018-19. One would think this was a down season for the Kings. I beg to differ. For me, it was a building season for them. Kopitar was no small part of that building season this year. He helped to instill confidence in youngsters like Vilardi, Lizotte, Prokhorkin, and more. Kopitar is not only a menace on the ice himself but is a top-notch captain aiding in the development of the Kings youngsters.
Last but certainly not least Kopitar as said before, is still a beast and will be a top talent in the league for at least a few more years. The key is that sentence was at least. This past season Kopitar had a Corsi for percentage of 51.9 showing he still knows how to possess the puck very well. Furthermore, his overall numbers show that he is still mighty dangerous when he possesses the puck on his stick.
Look for Kopitar to have a huge season in 2020-21 as the Kings continue to grow and potentially even surprise some people next year. With Kopitar, Doughty, and the young budding players in LA the Kings certainly can be a surprise team in the 2020-21 season. Kopitar just had a bump in the road in the 18-19 season. He is not done by any stretch of the imagination. Or close to it. Kopitar is still a beast and will remain one for a while. Watch out for Anze. Hightlighs of the beast can be seen below.