February 13: Wednesday morning links - LA Kings Insider

Lisa Dillman of the LA Times takes a look at the injury-riddled defense, which held together Monday despite Alec Martinez’s 1:35 of ice time before he left the game with an “upper body injury”. There will be more Martinez news from LA Kings Insider following today’s practice.
Kings dig deep despite injury-depleted defense corps

Robert of Jewels from the Crown hands out grades from the game at St. Louis and provides a chart of shot attempts for and against. There is the occasional divide between basic stats and #fancystats, and Robert’s examination of scoring chances, puck possession time and methods of zone entry are right in the middle between the two and give an accurate depiction of the team’s effectiveness, which occasionally belies prevailing analysis. If you’re not following @RobertJFTC on Twitter, you should be.
Kings vs. Blues Game Grades

Dan Rosen of NHL.com identifies teams that haven’t quite distinguished themselves yet despite opening the season with high expectations. Let’s see if the Kings are on the list…They are! And should Kings fans “panic”?…They should! Craig Button also weighs in.
Who should be patient and who should panic?

Gann Matsuda of Frozen Royalty put out a pair of Rogie Vachon features while the team was on the road trip. The first piece contains a well constructed letter to the Hall of Fame advocating Vachon’s inclusion. There’s also a good debate in the comments section over whether Vachon is HHOF-worthy. The second piece features the lengths to which the team goes to honor former players who have helped construct the team’s legacy and identity. Both are good reads.
Open Letter to The Hockey Hall Of Fame: Address The Injustice and Induct Rogie Vachon
Los Angeles Kings Superstar, Legend Rogie Vachon Says Receiving Stanley Cup Ring Was “Phenomenal”

John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor has a good interview with prospect Tanner Pearson, who was a savvy pick by the Kings as a 19-year old coming out of the OHL’s Barrie Colts. Contributing as a 20-year old in the AHL can be a significant challenge, but Pearson ranks fourth on the team in scoring and has registered a plus-11. Also, AHL, fix his birthday!
Mayor’s Manor Live Radio with Kings prospect Tanner Pearson

Quisp of McSorley’s Stick offers an interesting read on something I’ve always wondered about – how much does natural, human emotion influence personnel decisions?
Is Dean Lombardi vindictive? Does it matter?

In parting, here’s Joe Buck broadcasting five minutes of the Kings-Blues game from Monday, which includes a goal call on Davis Drewiske’s power play snipe. A stick tap to Puck Daddy and FOX Sports Midwest for the video, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Daniel Alfredsson is God; Kiprusoff, Reimer updates; Ovechkin adjusting to right wing (Puck Headlines)

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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.