Dustin Brown is one of the dynamic offensive threats on the Los Angeles Kings, but he has struggled to say the least this season. Brown only has 3 goals in 15 games so far and only 1 in the last 10 games. Brown has not looked well out there on the ice and Coach Darryl Sutter is still trying to figure out what line Brown can fit best on. Sutter has stated on various occasions that Brown must improve his play, specifically his forechecking. Let us look at some of the possible reasons behind Dustin Brown’s slow start to the season.
Dustin Brown (Photo credit: bleacherreport.com)
The first possible reason could be that the Kings as a team have started off slow as they currently sit 5th in the Pacific Division and 8th place overall in the Western Conference. No one on the Kings team has started off well as their leading scorer Jeff Carter just went on injured reserve. The lines have been continually switched throughout the season as Coach Sutter is still trying to find the perfect combination in order to get the best results. Brown has been put on the 3rd line with Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis and just has not made his presence known on the ice. The Kings continue to be up and down this season and Brown’s play has not helped the situation.
Another possible reason for Dustin Brown’s below average play is that his forechecking has been subpar this season and he seems lost at times out there on the ice. Brown is not seen as the top goal scorer on the Kings that goes to Jeff Carter, but he is now out for an undetermined amount of time. At the pace Brown is scoring right now he is projected to only score 18 goals this season. Maybe the wakeup call Brown needed was the injury to Carter and now the added pressure that will be on his shoulders. Brown has the talent to score 30 plus goals a season and will now be looked at to shoulder more of the scoring load. The important thing is that Brown needs to improve his forechecking and just mesh better with his linemates. If Brown does that the goals will certainly come as well as more wins for the Los Angeles Kings.