Kings draft pick interviews - LA Kings Insider

Chris Gibson, Nick Shore and Michael Mersch, three of the newest Kings prospects, did some interviews today after being drafted. Here are some of the highlights of those interviews, followed by links to the full interviews…

GIBSON: “I’m very excited to be an L.A. King right now. It was a long day yesterday, waiting for my name to be called. Unfortunately, it didn’t, but now I’m happy that L.A. called me in the second round. … I’ve looked at them [the Kings] a bit more, after I’ve been talking with the L.A. scouts a little bit. I’ll be excited to go there and see what’s going on.”

(on his goalie style…)
GIBSON: “I’m a butterfly-style goalie. I’ve always been that way, and with Marc Denis, we’ve been working to develop that a little bit.”

Chris Gibson interview with Daryl Evans

(on being drafted…)
SHORE: “It’s awesome. Obviously it’s a great feeling. You put a lot of work in, into getting drafted, and obviously I’m really excited to be drafted by a great organization like the Kings.”

(on his freshman season at Denver…)
SHORE: “It was a little bit of a rough start for me, obviously. I broke my wrist in my first college game, so obviously that hindered it a little bit. I didn’t really get going until the second half, but I think after that it started getting much better. At this point, I think everyone is looking forward to getting started. I think we all have some pretty high expectations for ourselves.”

Nate Shore interview on NHL Network

(on being drafted…)
MERSCH: “I’m excited. I’m excited to be a part of this organization. I’ve only heard good things about it, and I’m looking forward to the future.”

(on his playing style, and players people have said he compares with…)
MERSCH: “I like to play my power-forward game. Hopefully I can work hard and hopefully end up on the roster someday. … I like being in front of the net. Tomas Holmstrom is great, I like watching him in front. So far, I’ve heard Wayne Simmonds a little bit, but now he’s not on the team anymore, which is unfortunate. I like to watch a lot of players and pick things from them.”

Michael Mersch interview with Daryl Evans

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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


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