Size growing in importance to NHL teams
May, 16, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Matt YorkJeff Carter and Anze Kopitar are part of the Kings' superskilled, and supersized, roster.There's a little bit of roster envy going on among NHL general managers right now. The reigning champ Los Angeles Kings' makeup of a big, heavy and fast team is clicking again, and as teams are eliminated, they're realizing the necessity of playing that way in today's NHL postseason.
The Kings forwards feature 6-foot-4 Jeff Carter, 6-4 Dwight King, 6-3 Anze Kopitar, 6-3 Jordan Nolan and 6-5 Dustin Penner, among others. Dustin Brown is only 6-foot but plays such a physical game during the playoffs that it doesn't matter. His style certainly is heavy.