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Anze Kopitar was drafted 11th overall in the 1st round of the 2005 NHL Draft.  Kopitar has proven himself as the leader of the Kings year after year and proved to the organization that  he was worth taking. The 6-3 224 lb center from Jesenice, Slovenia has proven his worth, not only on the offensive end but the defensive side as well. His steady play has led the Kings to two Stanley Cup championships, one in 2011-12 and the other in 2013-14.

His production is something of note but his leadership is also one thing to take note of, as he was given the “C” in early 2016 after serving as the team’s assistant captain. His leadership has led the Kings over the past couple of seasons, and the teams play has been better. Kopitar has had his play improve as well, winning 983 face offs last season (bleacherreport.com). In his 10 plus years in the league Kopitar has won two Stanley Cups, two Selke trophies as the best defensive forward (2015-16 and 2017-18) (nhl.com) and the Lady Byng trophy as the best sportsmanship and gentelmanly play in 2015-16 (nhl.com).

Over his career Kopitar has produced on the ice and proven his worth. In 922 career regular season games he has scored 290 goals, 538 assists for a total of 828 points and a +90. He has successfully taken his play to another level in the playoffs, scoring 21 goals, 45 assists for 66 points in 79 games, as well as a +24. He is one of the best players not only in Kings history but in the game today, yet he is not talked about with Crosby, Malkin and McDavid. He is one of the best two way players in the game.  The Captain will look to raise Lord Stanley again this year. Whether or not this happens, is Kopitar Hall of Fame worthy if a vote was taken today?

(Stats: NHL.com and bleacherreport.com)

(Photo:NHL.com)

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