Friday, July 25, 2008

Dustin Brown Bleeds Purple and Black


There is a new trend at the Staples Center, Dustin Brown jerseys. He has quietly become the fan favorite in the last 4 seasons as a King. His hard checking and aggressive style of play caught everyones attention for his first 3 seasons but last season his offensive game was a welcomed surprise. When the Kings are playing at home its like being at a Dustin Brown fan club meeting. His photo and name is everywhere. The fans love him, Dean Lombardi loves him. And after signing a 6 year contract extension he is not going anywhere.

Brown was drafted in 2003. He was taken in the first round, 13th overall. He immediately showed his checking abilities. But in the 2007-08 season he showed he could score. The Kings game him a gift that keeps on giving, Anze Kopitar. The 2 of them together have tormented goalies and defenceman. Brown had 33 goals and 27 assists last season, both career highs. He also led the NHL is hits with 311, 45 more than 2nd Michael Komisarek. Then he put on a show at the 2008 IIHF World Championships with 9 points and 22 PIM in 7 games.

He has become the new face of the Kings. Next season he is expected to wear a "A" on his jersey. He and Kopitar will lead this young group into the dangerous Western Conference. With his new leadership role and expected elevated offensive numbers, he is sure to grab the leagues attention. And to all the rookies coming into the NHL, keep your head up.

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