AXS Sports is in the process of profiling the 25 players and coaches on the Los Angeles Kings on the 2018-19 National Hockey League roster. In the third part of the series, it is time to profile right winger and former Kings captain Dustin Brown.
The first round draft pick, 13th overall, by the Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Brown is 6'0", 215 pounds. He is 33 years old and shoots right.
At the time of being drafted by the Kings, Brown was playing for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League. Brown made the Kings right out of the Canadian Hockey League in 2003-04 and then played for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League during the 2004-05 lockout season. Since then, he has been a regular forward in the Kings lineup and was named team captain from 2008-2016.
Also during Brown's Kings career, he won two Stanley Cups with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014 and represented the Kings at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game. When the Kings won their first Stanley Cup in 2012, Brown displayed outstanding offensive statistics. He led all players in playoff goals (eight), playoff assists (12), playoff points (20), playoff +/- (+16), playoff shorthanded goals (two) and playoff game-winning goals (three).
Despite being in his 14th season with the Kings this past season, amazingly 2017-18 was Brown's best offensive year. He had career highs in assists (33), points (61), plus/minus (+31), game-winning goals (six) and takeaways (40). Heading into the 2018-19 NHL regular season, Brown is projected to continue to be a top-six forward and play on the right side along with center Jeff Carter and left wing Tanner Pearson.
Twice in 2017-18, Brown notched four points in a game. On Oct. 21, 2017, Brown had one goal and three assists in a 6-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. However, Brown's four-point game in the Kings' 5-4 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild on April 5 was more memorable as he tied a King's franchise record for most goals in a game with four. Brown's fourth goal was the overtime winner at the 23-second mark of the extra period from Anze Kopitar.
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