April 4: Thursday morning links - LA Kings Insider

Lisa Dillman recaps the abundance of news coming out of the Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday and adds to the collection of Robyn Regehr Angry Face photos.
LA Times: Kings consider Robyn Regehr more than a rental

Dillman also reports on Willie Mitchell’s second knee surgery.
LA Times Sports Now: Kings veteran Willie Mitchell has second knee surgery

Michael Russo has a short preview of tonight’s game from Minnesota’s perspective, which indicates former Ontario Reign goalie Darcy Kuemper could draw the start for the Wild. Jason Pominville is likely to skate with the productive pairing of Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Gameday preview: Wild-Los Angeles

John Hoven reports that the time is nigh for some NCAA prospects to join the Kings’ system.
Mayor’s Manor: Lombardi confirms interest in signing Kings’ top college prospects

Andy Johnson picks up on Hoven’s report as it pertains to Wisconsin Badger Michael Mersch.
Bucky’s Fifth Quarter: Early Departures: L.A. Kings Will Make Push to Sign Michael Mersch

Gann Matsuda spoke with 2012 seventh round draft pick Nick Ebert, who has been turning some heads with his confident play as an 18-year-old with the Ontario Reign.
Frozen Royalty: LA Kings Defenseman Prospect Nick Ebert Is Working To Make 7 A Lucky Number

Lo, another Nick Ebert story, this one from Bill Norris of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The Reign are up two games to none over the Utah Grizzlies in their first round playoff match up.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: ECHL Hockey: Young defenseman Nick Ebert making an impression for Reign

HailRover has a balanced recap of the Kings-Coyotes game.
Jewels from the Crown: Kings-Coyotes Recap: Scapegoats Aplenty as Kings End Road Trip with a 3-1 Loss in Phoenix

Quisp isn’t buying into the Columbus Blue Jackets “major feel-good story”. Note: This was written before the trade that sent Marian Gaborik to ‘lumbus on Wednesday. Will the trade matter? Leave a comment, join the discussion.
McSorley’s Stick: The Blue Jackets’ chances of making the playoffs are HAHAHAHAHA

Life In Hockeywood posted videos from the past several days, including some praise showered upon Jake Muzzin from E.J. Hradek and Steve Mears on NHL Live.
Life In Hockeywood: Hockeywood Dailies: Apr. 2

Player X examines the large amount of line changes in the first period and the heavy line shuffling throughout the Kings-Coyotes game on Tuesday.
Hold the Point: Runnin’ With The Pack, Acme No Questions – Kings v. Coyotes 4-2-2013

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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.