May 2011 - Page 5 of 6 - LA Kings Insider
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Player evaluation: Lewis

TREVOR LEWIS This season: 72 games, 3 goals, 10 assists, 6 penalty minutes, 11:29 average ice time. The good: Before this season, Lewis had appeared in only 11 NHL games and, in all reality, had not showed much. This season, Lewis showed great improvement. The former first-round pick seemed to r... Read More
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Player evaluation: Kopitar

ANZE KOPITAR This season: 75 games, 25 goals, 48 assists, 20 penalty minutes, 22:11 average ice time. The good: Kopitar completed his transition from talented scorer to high-level two-way player. Kopitar can still score, yes, but he can also match up definitively against the top centers of the W... Read More
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Player evaluation: King

DWIGHT KING This season: 6 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 2 penalty minutes, 11:43 average ice time. The good: When Scott Parse left the lineup in November, King was doing a solid job at the AHL level and got the call to join the Kings. In only his second NHL game, King found himself on the Kings' f... Read More
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Player evaluation: Johnson

JACK JOHNSON This season: 82 games, 5 goals, 37 assists, 44 penalty minutes, 23:12 average ice time. The good: For a major chunk of this season. Johnson was the Kings' only reliable power-play performer. His 25 power-play assists led the Kings and were more than double than any other player, and... Read More
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Player evaluation: Harrold

PETER HARROLD This season: 19 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 penalty minutes, 12:15 average ice time. The good: Harrold displayed the underrated ability to be a healthy scratch for long periods of time -- sometimes weeks -- and then step into game action and play an effective-but-limited role. Harr... Read More
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Player evaluation: Handzus

MICHAL HANDZUS This season: 82 games, 12 goals, 18 assists, 20 penalty minutes, 17:21 average ice time. The good: There's nothing Handzus won't do. A coach's dream, Handzus is a tireless on-ice worker who will accept any role. Moved to left wing briefly, demoted to the fourth line briefly, Handz... Read More
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Player evaluation: Greene

MATT GREENE This season: 71 games, 2 goals, 9 assists, 70 penalty minutes, 16:59 average ice time. The good: As long as his ice time is properly managed, Greene is consistent and usually effective. He recognizes his role, stays within it and seems comfortable with it. The most active voice in th... Read More
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Player evaluation: Drewiske

DAVIS DREWISKE This season: 38 games, 0 goals, 5 assists, 19 penalty minutes, 14:21 average ice time. The good: Drewiske's challenge, since he made the jump to the NHL, was to use his 6-foot-2, 218-pound frame more effectively, to play more of a physical game and less of a ``contain'' game in th... Read More
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Player evaluation: Doughty

DREW DOUGHTY This season: 76 games, 11 goals, 29 points, 68 penalty minutes, 25:39 average ice time. The good: Doughty was not a Norris Trophy finalist in 2009-10 by accident. When he is on his game, Doughty is a dynamic two-way player. His subtle moves and positioning in the defensive end often ... Read More
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Player evaluation: Clifford

KYLE CLIFFORD This season: 76 games, 7 goals, 7 assists, 141 penalty minutes, 9:30 average ice time. The good: Clifford showed up to training camp in outstanding shape. He made the roster after sweating out final cuts. He stayed in the NHL rather than return to junior. He transitioned from a fou... Read More
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Johnson, Team USA record win

Jack Johnson had one assist as the United States beat Norway 4-2 in preliminary-round action in the IIHF World Championships in Slovakia. Johnson assisted on Craig Smith's power-play goal, just as he did in the Americans' tournament opener. The United States, now 2-0. faces Sweden on Wednesday in th... Read More
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Player evaluation: Brown

DUSTIN BROWN This season: 82 games, 28 goals, 29 assists, 67 penalty minutes, 19:22 average ice time. The good: Brown made modest improvements in goals and points over the previous season, but showed something rarely seen before: the ability to carry the team on his back for long stretches. In a... Read More