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11 Anze Kopitar C
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 8/24/1987 | Birthplace: Jesenice, Yugoslavia | Team: Los Angeles Kings | College: None | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $6,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/70 | Average Draft Position: 20.66
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12/18/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Explodes For Five Points

News: Anze Kopitar turned in a massive game Thursday against the Blues, scoring a goal and dishing out four assists -- three of them on the power play -- in a 6-4 win.
Analysis: Welcome to the season, Mr. Anze Kopitar. He'd collected only four points in the last 12 games, so Kopitar produced more offense Thursday than he had in the entire month prior. Although he'd produced a couple points over the last four games, Kopitar had managed to go an impressive minus-8 in that span, dropping him into the negatives for the season. He hasn't finished with a negative rating since 2008-98. And even with the huge evening, he still only sports a modest 19 points in 30 games on the year. This was nice, but more consistency would be nicer.

12/12/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA Kings' Kopitar Bags PP Goal In Win

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Bags PP Goal In Win

News: Anze Kopitar bagged a power-play goal in Thursday's 5-3 victory over the Senators.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar sent a backhander past Sens goalie Craig Anderson to shift the momentum back to the Kings' side after the opposition had scored shorthanded just 36 seconds earlier. The tally snapped a 10-game goal drought for Kopitar, who had also gone without an assist in the previous three matches. With only 13 points in 26 games on the season, Kopitar is on track for what would be by far the worst season of his nine-year career.

12/3/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Snaps Scoreless Skid

News: Anze Kopitar ended a five-game scoring slump with a pair of assists Tuesday in a 2-1 win over the Bruins.
Analysis: Things have been awfully slow for Anze Kopitar this year, as he's got just a dozen points to show for 22 games -- by far the worst scoring pace of his career. Not coincidentally, he's shooting at the lowest rate of his career, with just 36 shots on goal so far. We already saw Kopitar's shot rate decline last year, but it was forgivable when he scored 70 points anyway. If this latest decline persists -- and he's shown no sign of coming out of it lately -- Kopitar will be in danger of losing his elite status. But at just 27 years old and with not much history of injury, he shouldn't be seeing his skills degrade like this already. There may be an unknown factor at play here.

11/19/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA Kopitar Heating Up For Kings After Slow Start

Anze Kopitar

Kopitar Heating Up For Kings After Slow Start

News: Anze Kopitar picked up a pair of assists Tuesday and now has three multi-point efforts in his last five games.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar struggled at times to start the season but looks to have ironed out those issues lately. He now has seven points in his last five games after recording just three points in his first 11 games to start the season.

11/16/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Finds Twine Saturday

News: Anze Kopitar scored his fifth goal of the year in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Ducks.
Analysis: Kopi also fired three shots on goal and now has three goals and five points over his last four games. Despite featuring offensive weapons like Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar is still the most gifted and dynamic scorer the Kings have, and should be active at all times.

11/13/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Posts Another Multi-Point Effort

News: Anze Kopitar scored a goal and added an assist in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Ducks.
Analysis: Just like that, the star center appears to be back on track with four points in his last two games. Anze Kopitar struggled out of the gate with three points in 11 games, as well as missing three contests with an upper-body injury, but he appears to be finding his groove. Make sure he's active.

11/9/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Nets Two Points In Win

News: Anze Kopitar had his first multi-point effort of the season with a goal and an assist Saturday.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar had just one point in his last seven games and just three points total prior to Saturday. He's off to a sluggish start offensively, but there's decent odds that he'll turn it around as soon as linemate Marion Gaborik rounds back into form after returning from an injury.

11/2/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Held Off Score Sheet In Return

News: Anze Kopitar (upper body) saw 19:25 of action in his return to the ice Sunday against the Hurricanes. He didn't score any points, but won 13 of 19 faceoffs in the 3-2 defeat.
Analysis: With the returns of both Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik (undisclosed) to the lineup, the Kings were able to play with their top line intact for the first time since Oct. 12. Both players looked a little rusty and combined for just three shots against perhaps the league's worst team, but it shouldn't take long for both to return to their normal level of production as they become further removed from the injuries. Prior to suffering the injury early last week and missing three games, Kopitar had been off to a slow start offensively, collecting just three points in his first eight contest of the season.

11/2/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Expected To Play Sunday

News: Anze Kopitar (upper body) is expected to play Sunday against the Hurricanes, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar practiced with the team Saturday and said he is feeling good. He's not a lock to play just yet, but it's probably best to have him in fantasy lineups unless he suffers a setback before Sunday's game.

10/31/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Aiming For Sunday Return

News: Anze Kopitar (upper body) hopes to return to the lineup Sunday against the Hurricanes, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar has shown improvement in his condition over the last few days, but it doesn't sound like he'll receive clearance to return to the lineup for Friday's tilt with the Red Wings. Though Kopitar will miss his third straight game, the Kings are expected to welcome back fellow center Trevor Lewis (upper body) to the lineup Friday, as the team demoted forward David Van der Gulik earlier in the day to pave the way for his activation. The Kings should be able to get by fine for another game before their star reclaims his spot in the lineup.

10/31/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Expected Out Again Thursday

News: Anze Kopitar (upper body) didn't take part in line rushes during morning skate and is expected to be scratched Thursday against the Penguins, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: Along with fellow injured forwards Trevor Lewis and Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar remained on the ice for extra work following the morning session, suggesting he's not yet ready to return. While Kopitar will miss his second straight game, the cap-strapped Kings were fortunate enough to be granted an emergency recall Thursday to ice a healthy 20 skaters, an option that wasn't available to them Tuesday against the Flyers.

10/28/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar To Sit Tuesday

News: Anze Kopitar (upper body) didn't join the Kings on the ice for pregame warmups and looks like he can be ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Jim Fox of FOX Sports West reports.
Analysis: Though coach Darryl Sutter offered a glimmer of hope that Anze Kopitar could possibly suit up Tuesday despite everything else at morning skate suggesting otherwise, the center will be forced to sit for the first time this season. While it doesn't sound like his injury is severe, it's serious enough to knock him out of a contest the Kings could desperately use him -- or any other player, for that matter. Kopitar's injury and the Kings' inability to add a call-up from the minors due to salary cap restrictions will force the team to ice just 19 players Tuesday.

10/28/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Not Being Ruled Out Tuesday

News: Updating a previous report, coach Darryl Sutter hasn't ruled Anze Kopitar (upper body) out for Tuesday's game against the Flyers, according to Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com. Though Kopitar skated on a line with the Kings' injured players Tuesday morning rather than with his healthy mates on the top line, Sutter said the forward looked like he was "ready to go."
Analysis: Sutter is famously evasive when it comes to confirming his lineups after morning skate, so although his quote would suggest Anze Kopitar might be available Tuesday, nothing figures to be known definitively until pregame warmups, or possibly even the minutes leading up to the puck drop. Further complicating matters is that the indefinite suspension of Slava Voynov has left the team unable to call up an extra forward, forcing the Kings to play a man down if Kopitar is unable to go. Even if Kopitar is listed as active Tuesday, it seems like a stretch to say that he'd be functioning at full strength, making him a risky choice in daily formats.

10/28/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Out Tuesday

News: GM Dean Lombardi said Anze Kopitar (upper body) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, according to Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar was able to skate Tuesday morning, but he is not feeling good enough to take the ice Tuesday night. Due to salary cap restrictions, the Kings will be forced to play a man down Tuesday. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like Kopitar's injury is severe, and he remains a possibility to play Thursday.

10/28/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Skates, But Likely Out Tuesday

News: The Kings have yet to decide whether or not Anze Kopitar (upper body) will play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar participated in Tuesday's morning skate, but he skated as an extra during line rushes, so it seems likely he will be held out Tuesday. The Kings will not call up a player to take Kopitar's place due to cap reasons, so if he sits out, the Kings will play a man down Tuesday night.

10/27/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Travelling With Team

News: Anze Kopitar (upper body) is travelling with the team to Philadelphia for Tuesday's matchup with the Flyers, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar's status for Tuesday's game has not been determined yet, but the team stated that his injury is not serious, so fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief. The star center has two goals and an assist on the season, and should be back in the lineup before too long.

10/26/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar (Upper Body) Leaves Sunday's Game

News: Anze Kopitar was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets due to an upper body injury and will not return, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar managed just one shot attempt prior to leaving Sunday's game. Expect his status to be updated in the near future.

10/24/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA Kings' Kopitar Scores In Win

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Scores In Win

News: Anze Kopitar scored a goal on the power play in Thursday's victory over the Sabres.
Analysis: The points haven't been coming as often as they have in the past, with just two goals and an assist so far. Still, centering the first line and the primary power play unit, Anze Kopitar figures to be one of the top center options out there.

10/13/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Nabs First Point Of Season

News: Anze Kopitar was one of four Kings to score a goal in Sunday's victory over the Jets.
Analysis: The goal came near the midpoint of the first period, with both Anze Kopitar and the man who set him up, Marian Gaborik, claiming their first points of the season. Kopitar is as talented a center as any in the league, but the defensive demands placed on him by coach Darryl Sutter's system will probably keep his fantasy production a notch below some of the NHL's other elite middle men.

10/7/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Solid In Preseason

News: Anze Kopitar finished the preseason with no goals, four assists and a plus-3 rating in three games played.
Analysis: Coming of a 70-point season in 2013-14, Anze Kopitar is projected to improve his offensive output this season. He is set to center the Kings' first line with Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown on the wings. As long as the trio stays healthy, Kopitar should have another big year on the first line and power play.

6/10/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kopitar Notches Assist In Kings' Win

News: Anze Kopitar picked up his 26th point of the playoffs with an assist Monday in Game 3 against the Rangers.
Analysis: Kopi's not picking up the points at quite the pace he was earlier in the playoffs, but with five goals and 21 assists, he's been a driving force as the Kings find themselves one win away from the Stanley Cup.

5/26/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kings' Kopitar Notches Two Points

News: Anze Kopitar picked up two assists, was a plus-2, and had two penalty minutes in the Kings' Game 4 win over the Blackhawks on Monday.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar only has three points in this series, all assists, but overall his 22 points still pace the league this postseason.

5/17/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA LA's Kopitar Continues Scoring

Anze Kopitar

LA's Kopitar Continues Scoring

News: Anze Kopitar notched a goal and an assist in Friday's Game 7 win over Anaheim, as he remains the league's leading scorer in the playoffs with 19 points through 14 games.
Analysis: Anze Kopitar is making a serious case for the Conn Smythe Trophy as he is getting it done at both ends of the ice for the Kings. He's playing above a point per game and will be counted on to help contain some of Chicago's top scorers with the Western Conference finals that begin Sunday.

5/10/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Anze Kopitar

Kopitar's Scoring Streak Ends In Kings' Loss

News: Anze Kopitar was held off the score sheet for the first time this postseason in Saturday's Game 4 loss to Anaheim. He finished the night with two shots on goal.
Analysis: Please don't let this dissuade you from starting him at every opportunity. Even with this collar, he still leads all NHL skaters in playoff scoring, with four goals and 11 assists in 11 contests.

5/3/2014

Anze Kopitar, C, LA Kings Kopitar: Three Assists In OT Thriller

Anze Kopitar

Kings Kopitar: Three Assists In OT Thriller

News: Anze Kopitar put up three assists Saturday night in a 3-2 OT win over the Ducks. He now has 13 points, including nine assists, in eight postseason games.
Analysis: Even more remarkably, he has put up at least a point in every single playoff game. And he has eight (three goals, five assists) in his last three games. Enjoy this run -- he's probably helping you climb the ranks in your playoff pool.