Doughty: Kings have `lot of ways to improve' - LA Kings Insider

Yes, the Kings are coming off a massive five-game, first-round upset of Vancouver, but disregard any thoughts that there might be any relaxation. Just a few minutes after the Kings dismissed the Canucks, Darryl Sutter frowned and talked about the St. Louis Blues. Today in practice, unhappy with the execution of a drill, assistant coach John Stevens issued a stick-banging lecture to a group of players at one end of the ice. In the locker room, the Kings are at least saying all the right things, about needing to execute better against the Blues than they did against the Canucks. Drew Doughty was asked about the areas in which the Kings needed to be better in this round.

DOUGHTY: “We played OK but in the first round, but I don’t think we even showed close to our potential, of how good we can play. We had some good parts of our game. Our penalty kill was pretty good for the most part, throughout the series, and our power play could be a lot better. We have a lot of ways to improve. We haven’t played our best, and that’s what we expect to do in these first two games.’’

After practice today, Mike Richards endorsed a reporter’s joking suggestion that this series isn’t likely to feature any 8-5 games, the type that Philadelphia and Pittsburgh played in the first round, and that the margin for error for both teams will be slim.

RICHARDS: “We know our system, and how we have success, and I’m sure they’re saying the same thing with their system and how they’ve had success. Like you said, I don’t see any 8-5 scores. It’s going to be tight defense, and the opportunities and chances that we’re going to get, we’re going to have to earn.’’

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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.