Now that he has reached the ripe, old age of 30 Dustin Brown can reflect on why he isn’t the same player he was at 19, when he set a tone for his career by hitting just about anything that moved.
Some of the change in his game comes from wisdom, some from the Kings becoming a better team.
But Brown, a key contributor to the Kings’ Stanley Cup championship runs in 2012 and last spring, said he’s feeling healthy and strong even if his production doesn’t reflect that now.
Brown skated on the right side with Dwight King and Mike Richards in Thursday’s morning skate, as the Kings prepared to face the New York Islanders Thursday at Staples Center. However, as anyone familiar with Coach Darryl Sutter’s style knows, that alignment easily could change. Right wing Justin Williams won’t play because he’s still recovering from an eye injury.
The other lines were Tanner Pearson-Jeff Carter-Tyler Toffoli; Kyle Clifford-Jarret Stoll-Trevor Lewis and Marian Gaborik-Anze Kopitar-Jordan Nolan.