Anze Kopitar
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Anze Kopitar

Hometown:

Jesenice Slovenia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-08-24

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

1st round (11th overall), 2005

Weight:

220 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • A

History

2004-05: Anze Kopitar finished first with 49 points and second with 28 goals in the under-20 junior hockey league in Sweden. Having played so well, Kopitar saw action in five games in the SEL at the young age of 17. Kopitar really began to open eyes when he represented Slovenia in the 2005 World Juniors tournament where he scored 10 goals and 13 points in five games.

2005-06: After signing a three year entry-level contract with the Kings, Kopitar responded by playing remarkably well in training camp against seasoned veterans before being returned to the SEL due to contractual obligations. While in Sweden, Kopitar scored more points (20) than any other player in his age level except for top 2006 draft pick Nicklas Backstrom.

 

Talent Analysis

Kopitar has great size and is a solid skater but he lacks top-notch foot-speed. Is agile with great natural skills and a dominant offensive player. He sees the ice very well and is a tremendous playmaker who can control the tempo of the game. Very soft hands and a dangerous player in one-on-one situations, he creates space for himself and his teammates. He is poised with the puck with a great wrist shot that is hard and accurate. Has the ability to run the power play with ease. Uses his size well and is a strong player but has to work on his defensive zone coverage.

 

Future

Kopitar is now an established, top-line player in the NHL.

 

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