Showing their experience - LA Kings Insider

The Kings, collectively, have five goals and 10 assists this season. Four of the goals and four of the assists have come from the trio of Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams, who are now together on the second line. Or is that the first line? All three players looked sharp in Tuesday’s win over Atlanta, and they will get another look tomorrow night. Incidentally, the Kings’ first line, of Anze Kopitar, Andrei Loktionov an Dustin Brown, has an average age of 22.7, while the second line has an average age of 30.3.

MURRAY: “I really like the secondary scoring we got. That’s exactly the kind of effort that we need, and we’ve got three players in place there who are at the peak time of their careers. This is the way we need to ask them to play every night. I’m not going to let that slide, if I don’t see it. We need that pursuit, that attitude, the puck-possession plays. If they give us that, that’s going to be exactly what we need going through the year.”

Stoll, in particular, arguably had his strongest game of the three this season, with one goal, one assist and four shots on goal in 16:33 of ice time.

MURRAY: “In the game that we just played against Atlanta, he ended up being that high, F3 (forward) shooter, checker and tracker in a lot of the situations where the puck is being cycled in a two-man cycle with the two wingers. Stoll was reading and finding seams, finding an open area in that gray area in the high slot. He had five or six opportunities, not only to shoot but to look for that little back-door play, where Willy or Smytty is beating his man off the boards, to the net, for a little tap-in play. That’s nice stuff. Again, that’s what we’re going to have to have from them every night.”

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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.