All three Kings prospects in the World Junior Championships will get a chance to play for medals. Maxim Kitsyn and Russia defeated Finland 4-3 in overtime tonight, setting up tomorrow’s semifinals. Kitsyn scored with 1:38 remaining to tie the game 3-3, then assisted on the overtime winner and also assisted on an earlier goal. Kitsyn has four goals and three assists in five tournament games. In tomorrow’s semifinals, Sweden plays Russia at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time and the United States plays Canada at 4:30 p.m. (which makes it unfortunate that the Kings play at 6 p.m. tomorrow).

The subplot on Kitsyn involves KHL vs. OHL. When the Kings drafted Kitsyn in the sixth round this year, they hoped he would be able to come over and play North American junior hockey, the way Andrei Loktionov did after he got drafted. The Kings like the idea of having a player like Kitsyn closer, where they can watch him develop, and they also like the social aspects of a young Russian player growing up, so to speak, with English-speaking teammates. At the draft, there was optimism that Kitsyn would be able to leave his KHL team and join the Ontario Hockey League, and he was drafted by the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the league’ import draft. The hope was that Kitsyn would come play in the OHL after the World Juniors, but there’s no agreement in place. The relationship between the Russian league and North American leagues hasn’t exactly been harmonious in recent years, and a Kings official said last week that he still didn’t know if Kitsyn would make it to the OHL. That’s out of the Kings’ hands, and here’s a Toronto Star story looking at the situation from the Majors’ perspective…

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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

Bio

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.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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

Bio

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.

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