Hey, don't I know you from somewhere? - LA Kings Insider

When the Kings and Oilers play Thursday night, few introductions will be needed. The Kings have former Oilers Colin Fraser (injured), Matt Greene, Ethan Moreau, Dustin Penner and Jarret Stoll. The Oilers have former Kings Eric Belanger, Ryan Smyth and Colten Teubert.

Teubert, a 2008 first-round pick who was sent to Edmonton in a trade for Penner, was called up from the AHL on Wednesday and might make his NHL debut.

“It’s good for him,” Terry Murray said. “He’s a real good kid. Unfortunately, he was injured here, the last year that he was here, with the broken wrist and the recovery from the injury. They didn’t find out about that until the summer, I believe. … That’s good for him. I hope he takes good advantage of it and plays well. He’s a good kid.’’

As noted yesterday, there’s still plenty of debate about how Smyth should be remembered in Los Angeles — his stint with the Kings ended last summer, after he asked to be traded closer to home for family reasons — but there’s no debate that Smyth is still on top of his game on the ice. Smyth enters Thursday’s game with five goals (tied for the team high) and five assists in 11 games, and Smyth is still dangerous around the net, both with his ability to stand in front and deflect shots, and with his ability to create chances on wraparounds. Drew Doughty said the Kings remember well what Smyth brings to the table…

DOUGHTY: “You know, I don’t know how he does it. We always talk about this. Smytty is just slippery. He’s obviously great, so he gets lucky a lot. I remember in my first year, he got that one goal against me where he dangled me. First I stopped, and it hit my skate and went right back to his tape, and then he put it through my legs. He’s just slippery. He’s really good at what he does. He’s good at using his arms and kind of shielding the puck away from other people. And I know we’re all going to be expecting that wraparound, so Quickie will be fully prepared for it.’’

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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.