The past couple of seasons have seen Anze Kopitar rise the ranks to become a premier player in the National Hockey League. Now what the Los Angeles Kings forward needs is a bit of validation, other than that Stanley Cup, of course.

Kopitar has been a consistent performer the past few years, but he hasnít gotten much buzz as far as postseason awards go. His health hasnít helped his case though, especially with a brutal ankle injury back in 2010-2011.

But this year could be different. Kopitar is an established player among the leagueís elite. He knows how to put the puck in the net and should be among the leagueís top point getters this season. However, the award Iím thinking of for Kopitar isnít offensively focused.