Anze Kopitar Player Info

Anze Kopitar

#11

Position

Center

Shoots

Left

Salary

$5,825,000 Exp. 2024 (UFA)

Height

6'3"

Weight

225 lbs

Cap Hit

$5,825,000

Age

34

Birthplace

Jesenice,
Slovenia

Clause

No Trade

Years Pro

16

Drafted

2005:R1 - 11th

Status Report

ROTOWIRE / Thu, Apr 8

News

Henrique scored a goal on four shots and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks.

Impact

Henrique opened the scoring on a pass from Danton Heinen in the first period. The 31-year-old Henrique shares the Ducks' goal-scoring lead with Maxime Comtois -- both forwards have 11 this year. Henrique has added six helpers, 67 shots on net, 35 hits and a minus-9 rating through 36 games. The center has just two goals in his last eight appearances.

Anze Kopitar Player Statistics

DATE OPP RESULT G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG S% TOI
03/12 at L 2-3 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:22:02
01/12 at L 4-5 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:24:08
28/11 at W 4-2 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 00:22:25
25/11 at L 2-6 0 1 1 -6 0 0 1 0 0 0 00:22:04
22/11 at L 1-2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:22:50
TEAM GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SEASON
18 8 9 17 -6 2 3 3 2021-2022
56 13 37 50 -8 10 3 20 2020-2021
1 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 2019-2020
81 22 38 60 -20 30 1 18 2018-2019
76 12 40 52 -10 28 5 14 2016-2017
81 25 49 74 34 16 5 13 2015-2016
79 17 49 66 -2 10 6 18 2014-2015
82 29 41 70 30 24 10 13 2013-2014
47 10 32 42 14 16 0 16 2012-2013
82 25 51 76 17 20 8 18 2011-2012
75 25 48 73 20 20 6 12 2010-2011
82 34 47 81 3 16 14 24 2009-2010
82 27 43 70 -24 34 7 18 2008-2009
82 34 45 79 -15 22 14 22 2007-2008
TEAM GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA PLAYOFF
4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2018
5 2 2 4 2 2 1 1 2016
26 5 21 26 8 14 1 6 2014
18 3 6 9 -2 12 1 3 2013
20 8 12 20 21 9 0 6 2012
6 2 3 5 -1 2 1 1 2010

Anze Kopitar Player Bio


Anze Kopitar

Hockey may not be the most popular sport in the small European nation of Slovenia, but the country was still able to produce one of today’s best NHL stars in Anze Kopitar. The 6-foot-3, 225 lb center from the town of Jesenice was the first player from his homeland to crack an NHL lineup and he’s undoubtedly been the best Slovenian ever to lace up a pair of skates.

Kopitar was taken in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft with the 11th overall pick by the Los Angeles Kings in 2005 after playing as a youngster in Europe. He debuted for the club just over a year later as a 19-year-old when the Kings opened their 2006/07 season against the Anaheim Ducks. He made quite a splash by scoring two goals in the contest and followed the performance up with a three-assist effort in his very next outing against the St. Louis Blues.

The teenager kept the pace up throughout the first month of the season and finished October with three goals and 10 assists in the Kings’ first 14 games. Kopitar’s on-ice efforts didn’t go unnoticed as he was invited to the 2007 NHL Young Stars Game. His rookie season concluded with 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points and he ranked number three in rookie scoring in each of those categories. Kopitar may not have been the best rookie in 2006/07 as Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Calder Trophy, but he certainly impressed the right people with his skills as he placed fourth in the voting for the award.

Kopitar was chosen for the NHL All-Star Game for the first of three times in 2007/2008 and also led his team in scoring with 32 goals and 45 assists for 77 points. He was named an alternate captain just before the 2008/09 campaign and in the next season he helped LA make the postseason for the first time since 2001/02 with his 34 goals and 47 assists. The Kings won their first ever Stanley Cup in 2011/12 with Kopitar sharing the playoff scoring lead with teammate Dustin Brown by scoring eight goals (two shorthanded) and 12 assists for 20 points in 20 games. He was also a plus-16 during the run to the title.

The Kings won the cup gain in 2013/14 with Kopitar repeating his feat as the top playoff scorer with five goals and 21 assists for 26 points. In 2015/16 Kopitar racked up 25 goals and 49 assists for 74 points to lead his team in scoring for the ninth consecutive season to top the old franchise mark of eight straight years set by Hall of Fame center Marcel Dionne. Known for his stellar defensive play, Kopitar took home the Selke Trophy in both the 2015/16 and 2017/18 seasons as the top defensive forward in the NHL and was also honored as the most sportsmanlike player in the league by being awarded the Lady Byng Trophy in 2015/16 as well.

Another milestone was reached by Kopitar in June of 2016 when he was named captain of the Kings, replacing Dustin Brown. Kopitar is known as one of the NHL’s top faceoff men and his tireless work ethic, creativity and excellent vision allows him to contribute at both ends of the ice. He owns a great pair of hands for a big man, and seems to excel when the stakes are at their highest. Kopitar has led the Kings in scoring in 10 of his 12 seasons with the club.

ON-ICE VALUE
First-Line Center

STRENGTHS
Vision: Kopitar processes the game at a high level and instantly recognizes openings in the opposition’s defense. Though he sits on the conservative side of playmaking (more Nicklas Backstrom than Mitch Marner), his touch and accuracy are superb. Whether he employs his forehand, backhand or feathery saucer passes, he can find you from anywhere on the ice.

Size: Combined with serviceable speed, his 6’3”, 225-pound build cuts an imposing figure. He isn’t a bruiser by any stretch, but he leverages his frame to fend off defenders and protect the puck exceptionally well. He’s as strong as an ox and could play keep-away for entire shifts at a time if he felt like it.

Defense: He’s been one of the most responsible top-six forwards of his generation. Kopitar always stays on the right side of the puck, making the other team work for its chances. With his strength and reach, he leans on opponents, retrieves possession and launches his team’s transition game.

WEAKNESSES
Passive: While he has the tools to take over games on a nightly basis, he often holds back and merely does his job. This is best evidenced by his decision-making on the attack. He possesses a laser-like wrist shot but will nearly always opt to pass instead—even if defenders are sagging off and treating him like a playmaker. His stubbornly team-oriented approach can be frustrating.

Inconsistent: From year to year, Kopitar’s production follows an ebb-and-flow trajectory. He can’t seem to string together consecutive dominant seasons, as he’ll hover near the point-per-game mark and then sink well below it in the following campaign. Thankfully, he’s still a valuable and dependable asset at his worst.

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