New-look Oilers, and old friend, come to town - LA Kings Insider

The Pittsburgh Penguins come to town on Saturday, but is it possible that the most interesting game of the week is Thursday’s game against Edmonton? The Oilers are off to a 7-2-2 start and have won five consecutive games. The Oilers have been built around a group of talented young forwards, including 18-year-old Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but a couple veterans have been getting the job done as well. Nikolai Khabibulin, 38, has been a force in net so far, with a 1.12 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage in seven games, while Ryan Smyth, 35, is tied for the team lead with five goals. They will provide a challenge to Drew Doughty and the rest of the Kings…

DOUGHTY: “We know there’s a lot of skill on that team. They’re fast and they’re going to be good on the power play, stuff like that. We’re not going to take them lightly. Even though they’re young, they’ve got a lot of skill and they can put the puck in the net. As a D core, I know we’re going to take a lot of pride in shutting them down in the next game, and I know Quickie is going to do a great job as well. So we’re looking forward to that game, to play Smytty again, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.’’

Of course, this will be Smyth’s first game against the Kings since his offseason trade. Smyth asked to be traded closer to his home and the Kings accommodated him. Smyth is showing that he still has something left in the tank, and there won’t be any surprises for Terry Murray and the Kings…

MURRAY: “The one thing that Ryan Smyth always did for us was his play in front of the net. He really played hard in the offensive zone. He made plays from below the net and scored some very big goals for us. … He’s got a great stick and hand-eye coordination, and that’s where he contributes. … His game is not going to change after this many years. He’s a real character guy, a veteran of the game.’’

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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.