July 2012 - Page 3 of 6 - LA Kings Insider
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Player evaluation: Penner

DUSTIN PENNER This season: 65 games, 7 goals, 10 assists, minus-7 rating. The good: Where to begin, when discussing the enigma that is Penner? How is it possible to reconcile the fact that Penner had 17 points in 65 regular-season games, then had 11 points in 20 playoff games? For whatever reaso... Read More
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Player evaluation: Nolan

JORDAN NOLAN This season: 26 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, plus-2 rating. The good: With the exception of front-office guru Jack Ferreira, nobody saw this coming. Nolan exceeded expectations in training camp, and reports on him from Manchester were positive, but when the Kings called him up in Febr... Read More
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Player evaluation: Mitchell

WILLIE MITCHELL This season: 76 games, 5 goals, 19 assists, plus-20 rating. The good: The Kings signed Mitchell two years ago to a two-year contract, not knowing exactly what to expect, given that Mitchell was coming off a serious concussion. At this point, the argument could be made that Mitche... Read More
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Player evaluation: Martinez

ALEC MARTINEZ This season: 51 games, 6 goals, 6 assists, minus-1 rating. The good: It’s not easy playing in the shadow of a top defenseman such as Drew Doughty. Even rookie Slava Voynov got more deadlines than Martinez, because of his solid first season. Don’t sell Martinez short, though. In a t... Read More
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Open Forum questions

It's been a while, so please feel free to post any Kings/NHL-related questions you might have, and that you think I or your fellow readers might be able to answer. The answers won't be posted for a few days, but be assured that I'll be getting to them soon. Thanks...... Read More
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Notes on a summer Sunday

Often, some of the most interesting aspects of the season aren’t known until it is done. Yesterday, for instance, I learned (from Colin Fraser) that shortly before the start of training camp last September, Philip Anschutz hosted all of the Kings players on his ranch in Colorado for a couple days of... Read More
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Player evaluation: Loktionov

ANDREI LOKTIONOV This season: 39 games, 3 goals, 4 assists, minus-4 rating. The good: In small bursts, Loktionov had showed why the Kings continue to give him chances and why they continue to regard him as a strong prospect. When in a scoring position, Loktionov can get his shot off quickly, and... Read More
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Player evaluation: Lewis

TREVOR LEWIS This season: 72 games, 3 goals, 4 assists, minus-3 rating. The good: When Darryl Sutter came aboard, no Kings player had his fortunes change more dramatically than Lewis. It seemed as though Terry Murray had grown increasingly frustrated with Lewis, a former first-round pick who had... Read More
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Player evaluation: Kopitar

ANZE KOPITAR This season: 82 games, 25 goals, 51 assists, plus-12 rating. The good: There had been some whispers of concern, at the start of the season, that Kopitar might not be at 100 percent following his summer of recovery from ankle surgery, but those concerns went away quickly when Kopitar... Read More
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Player evaluation: King

DWIGHT KING This season: 27 games, 5 goals, 9 assists, plus-3 rating. The good: Expectations were low when the Kings called up King from the AHL on Feb. 10. King had played six games with the Kings the previous season and, frankly, didn’t show much, not unexpected for a player getting his first ... Read More
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Player evaluation: Greene

MATT GREENE This season: 82 games, 4 goals, 11 assists, plus-4 rating. The good: Greene could step into any era of the NHL and fit in nicely. He brings good size and strength but also thinks the game well and doesn’t take an excessive number of penalties, particularly for someone who plays as to... Read More