2010-11 Recap: Dustin Brown
He just wrapped up his seventh season in Los Angeles where he recorded 20+ goals and 50+ points for the fourth straight year, including this past season where his 57 points was second-best on the Kings only trailing Anze Kopitar.
Despite some games where Dustin Brown was virtually invisible, the captain kept up his strong play and showed so many why he's the captain of this strong, young team. Aside from picking up 28 games and 57 points, Brown's physical presence is another facet that shoots life into his team. This season, Brown registered 300 hits, which was better than 287 in 2009-10. His 300 hits this past season was good enough for third in the entire NHL behind Tuomo Ruutu of Carolina and Cal Clutterbuck of Minnesota.
As great as the aforementioned stats are, not everything from Brown's game was something to write about. In 2010-11, Brown committed 67 giveaways while only taking away the puck 35 times.
When it comes to the 26-year-old, the good definitely outweighs the bad. Brown may not get a plethora of style points but he helps his out a lot more than some realize. Dustin Brown is one of, if not the most valuable piece of this team's nucleus and he continually shows his skills year-in, year-out.
In 2010-11, Brown's +17 rating is much better than his -6 rating the year before, his 28 goals were better than his 24 the previous year and also did one point better this season.
Dustin Brown has been and is a great presence to the Los Angeles Kings in more ways than one and he has worn the C with courage and has taken his role very seriously. We can only expect for the same from the captain in 2011-12 and beyond.