The Kings are going to be well-represented during the NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal, despite just having one player in the game itself.
Los Angeles right wing Dustin Brown
, the Kings lone All-Star representative, will be joined in Montreal by goalie Erik Ersberg and rookie defenseman Drew Doughty
who are suiting up for the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck.
Brown, who has played in All-Star games in other leagues, is playing in his first in the NHL.
"I played in some All-Star games in the OHL and the AHL level," Brown said. "But never at this level. It's obviously something special and a great honor."
Brown feels that this gives him a unique opportunity to get to know players off the ice, which is an opportunity he wouldn't normally get.
"You look at some of the players in the lineup and they are all skilled," Brown said. "There are some really special players. I think the most fun part about being in an All-Star Game is that you get to know star players as a person. It's your one chance to get to meet players that will probably never play with."
Brown, who leads the Western Conference with 159 hits, is going to have to alter his game in Montreal due to the All-Star Game's finesse reputation.
"I'm still trying to figure that one out," Brown said. "I know I'm not going to hit like I do during a regular-season game. My normal game probably doesn't suit the NHL All-Star Game's style or intensity, but I'll think of something."
Doughty, who leads the League's rookies with an average ice time of 23:42, is looking forward to the opportunity to take part in the weekend's events, particularly since they are in historic Montreal.
"I'm really excited and I'm looking forward to getting a chance to play in the game," Doughty said. "Now that I have been invited it's a pleasure and I can't wait to get out there.
"I think it's going to be awesome. Obviously, Montreal is a great place for the All-Star Game this year. It's a great hockey town and there are a lot of great hockey fans there so I'm sure the building will be really loud and it will be fun for the players as well."
While Doughty and Ersberg are teammates during the regular season, they are going to oppose each other during the YoungStars Game.
Ersberg, who is recovering from a groin injury that saw him miss eight games, hasn't given the festivities much thought because, like most NHL players, his focus is on his next game.
"I haven't thought about that (the YoungStars Game) at all," Ersberg said. "I've been concentrating on getting back from my injury, so I haven't really thought about that. I have played OK so far. I think I can do better and I think that our team can do better. I think we can be a little higher in the standings and hopefully we can achieve that in the second part of the season."-- Adam Schwartz