Kopitar highlights | All-Star Video
Kopitar, 20, will be making his first NHL All-Star Game appearance. Last season, his rookie year, he played in the YoungStars Game. The 6-4, 220-pound native of Jesenice, Slovenia leads the Kings with 40 points (17-23=40) in 44 games this season. Kopitar has recorded 10 multi-point games so far this season (tied for the team lead with Dustin Brown), including a career-high four-assist game Dec. 6 vs. Buffalo.
|Anze Kopitar, who leads the Kings with 40 points (17-23=40) was selected to his first All-Star Game. |
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The second-year forward had a career-high eight-game point streak (6-6=12), which lasted from Nov. 28 to Dec. 12. During that stretch he had two three-game goal-scoring streaks, which was also a career high.
Last season Kopitar finished third among NHL rookies in assists (41), points (61), power-play points (29), average time-on-ice (20:32) and average power play time-on-ice (4:37). He was second among rookies in power-play assists (22) and tied for fifth in power-play goals (seven).
Kopitar was the first Kings rookie since Luc Robitaille (84 points in 1986-87) to reach 60 points in his inaugural campaign. His 61 points were the fifth highest total ever amassed by a Kings rookie.
Originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar has 101 points (37-64=101) and 34 penalty minutes in 116 career games with the Kings.