by Patrick Hoffman on 09/01/09 at 11:59 AM ET
From Chris Botta at AOL NHL FanHouse:
Table tennis controversy aside, no one engages in debate when it comes to Kings hockey. The success of LA’s roster overhaul of the last three years hinges on Kopitar rising from anonymous all-star to breakout superstar. No pressure, Anze.
“He’s a point-a-game player, a true No. 1 center—no question in any of our minds,” said assistant general manager Ron Hextall. “It’s only an issue of whether Anze will become one of the top 10 centers in the league.” A pro scout from one of the Kings’ division rivals raises the stakes: “We view Kopitar as someone on the verge of stardom.”
The fourth-year pro embraces the challenge.
“It’s fun,” said Kopitar. “I like it. This is not pressure. It’s an honor to hear that kind of talk. I came here to play in the best league in the world and hopefully be considered as one of the best players. Most of all, I want to win. I want the responsibility.”
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