2010 Eddie Joyal Award – game4 leaderboard update

Anze Kopitar has spoken.

The winner of last year’s inaugural Eddie Joyal Award had gone silent last Thursday in his first official appearance since summer ended.

After posting eight points in five exhibition games last season (5 goals, 3 assists), he was showing a goose-egg this time around. Worse yet, with the Kings shortened schedule this year – only six preseason games – he wasn’t looking like a strong contender to repeat.

Then Anaheim came to town.

The Kings seemed to appreciate the Ducks showcasing their probable back-up goalie this year, Curtis  McElhinney…so much so, that they posted eight goals on him…yes, you read that right.  EIGHT!

And that was more than enough to shake up the Eddie Joyal leader board.

Kopitar had four assists tonight to move into a tie with Jack Johnson, who he barely beat out for the award last season (when JJ had 7 points).

Here is the updated leaderboard:

4 pts Jack Johnson (2 goals, 2 assists)
4 pts Anze Kopitar (4 assists)

3 pts Dustin Brown, Michal Handzus and Justin Williams

This sets up an interesting fight to the finish. With roster cuts expected tomorrow, there probably won’t be a lot of extra bodies lying around as the week wears on. Meaning, you can reasonably expect most of the above names to play in both weekend games.

Who wants to win the award? Can Kopi go back-to-back? Will Jack avenge his loss from last year? Or can Zeus do what he’s been doing for the better part of two years…quietly be one of the best players on the team?

With the Kings heading to Sin City on Friday, Coach Terry Murray is probably just hoping ‘What Happens in Los Angeles DOES NOT stay in Los Angeles’…because his offense was clicking tonight.

Preseason or not, the Kings looked good.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/Mayor119
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Introducing the 2nd Annual Eddie Joyal Award

2009 Eddie Joyal Award Winner Announced

.

Recent Articles

Seguin Stars

Things You May Not Know: Kings-Stars Finale Edition

This is it. In just about a three-week span, the Kings and Stars will have completed their three-game season series. Dallas, fresh off their Friday trade with the Sharks – where they sent defenseman Brenden Dillon to San Jose in exchange for defenseman Jason Demers and a third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft – [...]

Canes Kings Nov 2014

In the Room: Kings and Hurricanes talk LA’s 3-2 win

Following the Kings 3-2 win vs. the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, here is what was being said in both locker rooms: Kings coach Darryl Sutter on the overall game: “We controlled the game in the offensive zone, so we did what we wanted. We tried to get to the net, but [Cam] Ward’s [...]

Semin Alexander NHL

Things You May Not Know: Hurricanes-Kings Edition

The NHL schedule makers wasted no time getting this season’s two-game set between the Kings and Hurricanes out of the way. Carolina hosted the initial meeting a few weeks ago and came away 3-2 winners. Now, the clubs will meet up in downtown LA this evening to finish things off. Before they meet on the [...]

Major News Items

Zykov NHL LA Kings

LA Kings 2014-15 Prospect Rankings: The Coveted Top 5

With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we’re now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top 10 Prospect Rankings. The … [Read More...]

More Prospect News