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Kopitar Big In Slovenia

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Kopitar will face two of his L.A. teammates, Dustin Brown and Patrick O’Sullivan on Team USA Sunday. Today he faces Kings’ assistant coach Mike Johnston.

“He’s a star player,” says Johnston, a veteran of seven world championships. “If you are looking for a player to build a team around, he’s that kind of guy. He’s a key guy to what we’re trying to put together in L.A. He’s already capable of dominating games. He has size, poise and maturity.”

Kopitar’s goal of holding Canada to five goals?

“Don’t believe him. He’s going to go out and try and control and dominate the game,” said Johnston

Canadian captain Shane Doan sees a lot of the young Slovenian playing against him with the Phoenix Coyotes.

“He’s big and strong and he has a great shot. Even though you have guys on him, he’s capable of beating them. He creates space for the guys he plays with.”

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