The Los Angeles Kings expect to have Dustin Brown fully healthy at the start of training camp in the fall as the team captain underwent a minor procedure on his wrist following the club’s elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Brown was a non-factor in the Kings’ five-game loss to the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the postseason, recording just one assist while registering a mere three shots on goal in the series. The right wing also struggled during the regular season, notching 11 goals and 17 assists in 82 contests.
The 31-year-old Brown has seen his offensive production decline since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, as he failed to reach the 30-point plateau each of the last three campaigns. His numbers pale in comparison to those from his previous five seasons, when he recorded 53 points or more in each campaign – including a career-high 60 in 2007-08.
Selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2003 draft, Brown made his NHL debut in 2003-04, notching a goal and four assists in 31 games. He scored a career-high 33 goals in 2007-08 while registering a personal-best 32 assists in 2009-10 – a total he would match two seasons later.
Brown has collected 218 goals and 252 assists in 884 regular-season games while recording 19 tallies and 46 points in 81 playoff contests. The 6-foot, 206-pounder played in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game and helped Los Angeles to Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014 while winning the Mark Messier Leadership Award in the latter year.
A native of Ithaca, New York, Brown represented the United States at four IIHF World Championships, capturing the bronze medal at the tournament in 2004. He also played for his country at the Winter Olympics in 2010, when he won silver, and 2014.