As his assist rate stabilized, Kopitar enjoyed a productive January - LA Kings Insider

As part of a three-goal, 14-point January in which he played 12 of the team’s 13 games, Anze Kopitar made strides towards reasserting himself offensively. After the team’s optional morning skate on Wednesday, Darryl Sutter spoke about his center’s recent play, and what he saw behind the raised offensive output.

It’s similar to many of Darryl’s recent Kopitar observances. His assists are there. His checking and defensive play is still there. He needs to get to the center of the ice, and he needs to shoot more.

For the actual numbers, Kopitar’s all-situational assists-per-game rate in 2016-17 (.55) is very close to his career assists-per-game rate (.58). Via, Kopitar’s assist and first assist rates at even strength are slightly depressed from but not greatly deviant from his overall rates, as are his power play shooting rates. In five-on-four play, Kopitar has one power play goal on 18 shots. His overall shooting percentage is 6.7%, which is only 55% of his career rate of 12.2%, while his 5×5 shots/60 rate of 5.43 is the second-lowest of his career, surpassing only last season’s 5.36. His possession rates and secondary metrics remain outstanding.

Darryl Sutter, on Anze Kopitar’s 14-point January:
I think other than [when] he missed one game when he was sick and then he played the next game and probably wasn’t up to par in terms of energy and all that stuff, other than that, you don’t want him to miss games, and that was a little bit related to that afternoon deal. He didn’t have much time to recover and play and had a tough night, but other than that, he’s had excellent games.

Sutter, on whether the points were a reflection of Kopitar’s overall play:
He’s on his career assists pace, if you do it – games played and assists. So it’s goals. So, again, it’s shots. If you look at him trying to get into the middle of the ice and take more quality shots. If he does that, he’s going to score. He’s hit a lot of posts, things like that. He could easily be in double-figures in goals, and then nobody would be even talking about Kopi. They’d still be saying he was one of the best checking cenermen in the league and all those things.

Sutter, on Kopitar hitting a lot of posts:
A lot. He’s hit two posts on one shot. You don’t get a shot for it. Like, twice he’s done that this year. That’s a little bit of karma. You hit three posts, don’t get a shot.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.