Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and the honor of serving as alternate captain.
Perhaps that will help ease his frustration of helping the Kings lose night after night with his offensive ineffectiveness.
The man has not registered a point in his last nine games. He has a minus-8 rating this month. He has produced just 16 points in 55 games this season.
Yet Team USA selected Brown to be one of its cornerstone players for its Sochi adventure. It makes you wonder if Team USA leadership actually scouted players before making these decisions.
“The leadership is a big part of Dustin Brown’s game and how he plays I think,” Team USA coach Dan Bylsma said. “How does that translate to a short tournament? I hope in five or six games over there – for people that are talking about that stuff after the game – in a six or seven game tournament, hopefully he has a chance to do that in four of those games.”
Kings fans would love to see Brown show some of his fabulous leadership for their team, which has plunged into a pre-Olympic free fall.
Brown made this proclamation after a loss in Phoenix. “This home stand’s huge for us. You look at the standings, the Pacific Division, these next four games could be the biggest four games of the year.”
Thus inspired by their captain, the Kings took a 4-1 powder against the Pittsburgh Penguins.