Familiar surroundings - LA Kings Insider

Brayden Schenn, one of the final training-camp cuts last year, made it all the way to the end this time and will be on the opening-night roster. Coincidentally, if Schenn is in the lineup for Saturday’s season opener, he will play his second NHL game in the same arena where he played his first. Schenn made his NHL debut on Nov. 26, 2009, in Vancouver as an emergency call-up after Andrei Loktionov hurt his shoulder the previous night. There’s still a chance that Schenn will return to his junior team before he plays his 10th NHL game, but for now he’s an NHL center, and after practice today, Schenn talked about earning a spot…

SCHENN: “I’m just excited to be here for now. I know I have a lot of work to do, to stay here, but for now I’m excited and I just want to get better, day by day. That’s my focus. You can’t worry about the whole season. You just have to take it one day at a time and see how it goes.”

SCHENN: “There’s a lot of depth on the roster, obviously, and for now it’s just playing my game and doing what I do best, not trying to change anything. Even now, we’ve obviously got a lot of skill up front and hopefully I can keep getting better and learn from the older guys. That’s my focus. I look at Kopitar and the other centers and see what they do and just pick things up from their games. I can get better that way, just from watching those guys.”

Question: If you end up centering the fourth line, you might have a lot of muscle on either side of you, with Clifford and Westgarth. Is that something that might take time to adjust to, playing a role like that?

SCHENN: “Playing junior, I guess you play on the first line, power play, things like that. Here it’s obviously a little different, but I’m happy to play whatever role. I’m just not satisfied being here. I want to make an impact on the team, one way or another. Whatever they want me to do, I’ll try to do it. I’ll just take it day by day. If I get in the lineup or not, I’ll just try to get better day by day. That’s the focus.”

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.