Richards retains `quiet confidence’

As noted yesterday, the Kings have had good offensive balance from their forwards, but one player in particular who has seemed to step up his two-way game is Mike Richards. In the three games against St. Louis thus far, Richards has two goals and three assists, but he’s also been a strong forechecker and a contributor on both sides of special teams. Matt Greene, a first-team teammate of Richards this season, has been impressed.

GREENE: “He’s a stud. He’s everything, as delivered. He’s awesome, just the way he plays, the way he carries himself. He’s got a lot of leadership in his game. He’s a really good player. It’s pretty fun to see guys like that. We’ve got him and Brownie up there leading the charge, in terms of, not only the skill set but the physical aspects and the grit. It’s fun to have both of those guys on the team.’’

Richards, a former team captain in Philadelphia, is a bit like Kings captain Dustin Brown, in that he’s not a loud presence and seems to shy away from media attention when possible, while still remaining accessible and helpful. Greene said that’s not just a public persona.

GREENE: “No, he’s pretty quiet. He’s a quiet guy. He keeps to himself. But he’s got that quiet confidence.’’

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