Kopitar, Brown and Cammalleri

 

If you happen to own the entire top line for Los Angeles, it was quite possible you were turning cartwheels late Thursday night. Anze Kopitar, Mike Cammalleri and Dustin Brown combined for a whopping 10 points and you can’t help but think that the best is yet to come from this young trio.

 

 

Much has already been made of 20-year-old Kopitar’s skills and potential. The Slovenian is looking like a sure-fire 75-point player this campaign and as he gets further into his 20s, he’ll top out at 90 or even as high as 110 points. He’s that good.

As for Cammalleri, the 25-year-old sniper has also seen a lot of press in 2007. The diminutive forward is coming off an 80-point campaign and is well on his way to another one. He had 109 points for Manchester of the American League back in 2004-05 (only Jason Spezza had more), so his offensive talent is far from questionable. His upside of 85 points could be increased by five or 10 if this line stays together for the next few years.

The player who has received the least attention from both the press, as well as fantasy leagues, is the 23-year-old Brown. The American-born power forward is in his fourth NHL season, so it only makes sense that he is breaking out now – that’s generally the year when offensive players take the next step. He is currently on a seven-game point streak and has 11 points in that span. On pace for 70 points, I think he’ll reach that mark. His upside of 75 points could reach as high as 80.

The Kings are all about offense and their top line is leading the way. Jump on the wagon now if you haven’t already…

As long as Pierre-Marc Bouchard is playing under Jacques Lemaire, a defensive coach, he will never reach his potential of 85 points. In fact, he will never reach even 75. The 23-year-old is currently pointless in six games…

Alex Ovechkin has nine points and an incredible 43 shots in the six games he has played under interim coach Bruce Boudreau…

Boston defenseman Dennis Wideman has five points in his past five games and is starting to become a viable fantasy option. He has a decent upside, if he can continue to win the coach’s confidence…

Injuries, from a fantasy league perspective:
The acquisition of Alex Auld will likely ensure that rookie goalie Tuukka Rask is not thrown into the fire. With Tim Thomas out with a leg injury and Manny Fernandez on the long-term IR and in the AHL for a conditioning stint, it was thought by poolies that Rask would be the go-to guy. I think the starts for Rask will be 50-50 at best, now that Auld is in town…It looked as though Marc-Andre Fleury sprained his ankle Thursday night. Dany Sabourin could pick up a few wins for the Pens over the next couple of weeks as the team is starting to heat up.

 

(originally published by The Hockey News on December 7) 

 

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