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by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


Anze Kopitar, who is playing in his third NHL All-Star Game this weekend in Columbus, Ohio at the Blue Jackets' Nationwide Arena, sat down and fielded questions from media Friday afternoon. Kopitar covered numerous topics, including bringing his father along for the weekend, and his excitement to play against Darryl Sutter and Drew Doughty:

Kopitar, on the Kings’ fatigue factor this season:

“We’re all professional, we have to get ready for each and every game. This is going to be a good time to kind of recuperate. I know the guys have a few days off here to recharge.”

On if deep playoff runs wear on players:

“It does a little bit, but again, you play the game because you love it. Obviously, you want to play meaningful games, and I think for us, that starts now. From here on out, it’s about points, and we’re going to have to collect a few of them.”

On who he thinks will be selected first-overall at the ASG draft:

“I have no idea. I would pick Drew Doughty.”

On who he thinks which forward should be selected first:

“That’s a tough one. Well you have to look at the skills too, right? Because we can collect points during the skills competition. I’d go with Ryan Getzlaf.”

On if he’s thought about being selected last-overall:

“I’ve thought about it, yeah. I’m sure if that happens, it’s going to be a little bit embarrassing, but that’s the way it is. I think every player is happy to be here. To get picked last, do you still get a car? So it’s not all that bad.”

On what kind of experience he looks to get out of the weekend:

“I’ve got my Dad here with me, he’s been to a couple now. The first couple of times, you’re still in awe, you don’t know a whole lot of guys the first time around. This time around, I know a few more guys, I think it will be a little more enjoyable just knowing what this weekend brings, and just knowing how to handle yourself around here.”

On if there’s a particular player he’s excited to play with this weekend:

“I think Drew and Darryl are on the same team if I’m not mistaken, so I wouldn’t mind going against them. It would be fun.”

On if he’s like to see the old ASG format, where the Cup Champions played against a team of All-Stars:

“It would be cool, yeah. Actually I don’t remember that being a format. It must have been before my time. We’re cherry picking here, with 40 of the top players in the league, 45 or 46 if you include the young guys, I don’t think there can be a bad format here."

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