Kings need more offense from defense - LA Kings Insider

In discussing the Kings’ offensive struggles, the forwards clearly get the bulk of the attention, but what about the defensemen? As noted in a breakdown below, the Kings rank 26th (tied with Calgary) for fewest points by defensemen this season, with 20. Breaking down 5-on-5 vs. power play might be even more stark, as 11 of those defensemen points have come on the power play. Jack Johnson is the only active Kings defenseman with a goal this season, and he has four (the dearly departed Slava Voynov has two). Terry Murray talked today about the need to get the defensemen going on offense, and I’ll follow that with the team-by-team list of defensive scoring this season…

MURRAY: “I think we can get a lot more pucks to the net from our back end. Jack, he has put up some numbers. Martinez, his numbers, they’re down. I think his number of shots on net is pretty good, but the bottom line is, put more pucks to the net. When you take a look around, at our scoring, Kopitar leads our team in shots. You see the top-scoring teams in the NHL, the top individuals, they’ve got the high numbers, they’re leading the league in the shots on goal. So there’s no secret to it for Drew. We need him to put pucks to the net and we need it in timely fashion.’’

Team, with goals-assists-points
Philadelphia 5-32-37
Florida 8-28-36
Ottawa 4-32-36
Toronto 3-33-36
Vancouver 10-25-35
Colorado 4-30-34
Washington 9-24-33
Tampa Bay 8-25-33
Columbus 9-19-28
Winnipeg 6-22-28
Pittsburgh 4-24-28
Boston 2-26-28
Phoenix 6-21-27
Carolina 3-24-27
Dallas 9-17-26
Nashville 6-20-26
St. Louis 6-20-26
San Jose 5-20-25
Chicago 2-22-24
Detroit 9-14-23
Anaheim 4-19-23
NY Rangers 8-13-21
Montreal 3-18-21
Kings 6-14-20
Calgary 4-16-20
Edmonton 6-12-18
NY Islanders 2-13-15
Minnesota 4-9-13
New Jersey 2-11-13

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.