Putting the Kids to Bed: September 7 - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles 6 (Pearson x2, Andreoff x2, Deslauriers, Miller), Anaheim 1 (Rakell)
W: Berube (26/27)
L: Andersen (25/27)

-Other players had moments, but the three best skaters in the Kings’ 6-1 win over the Ducks in Saturday’s SoCal Futures Game were Tanner Pearson, Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli. Pearson scored twice and distinguished himself well, though I came away awfully impressed with Vey, whose confidence with the puck and offensive awareness separated him from a crowded pool of talented prospects that included two Kings first rounders (Pearson, Derek Forbort) and four Ducks first rounders (Emerson Etem, Rickard Rakell, Shea Theodore, Hampus Lindholm). His beautifully threaded needle in the third period through a pair of Anaheim defenders sprung Pearson loose for a converted breakaway and was among the most deft touches of the evening. Pearson also drove the net well and was rewarded on a power play deflection off an Alex Roach shot, while Toffoli could have had one or two tallies had he generated his best attempts in the third period, where the goaltending wasn’t as exemplary. It’s probably a good sign that the team scored six times, and none of the goal scorers’ names was Tyler Toffoli.

-Los Angeles goaltenders turned in an encouraging performance. J.F. Berube was excellent through 40 minutes in stopping 26-of-27 shots before Mathias Niederberger shut the door in a perfect third period. Anaheim came out buzzing and tilted the ice towards L.A.’s end early and scored the game’s first goal; credit Berube for finding his rhythm by making several strong pad saves to put the Kings in position to tie the game when Andy Andreoff elected to shoot from an odd-angle two-on-one, beating Frederik Andersen up high. It’s unclear where Berube is headed this year – it very well may be Ontario, at least to start the season – considering Jones will eventually come to terms on a contract with the team. Niederberger, a native of Dusseldorf, Germany, was signed to an AHL contract by Manchester in July and turned in an intriguing third period in which Anaheim offered pressure throughout the game’s twilight and was much stronger than his counterpart, Igor Bobkov, who had already made his NHL debut.

-Andy Andreoff has an opportunity to make this Kings team and will be an interesting player to watch once main camp begins. He scored two goals – including his short-side snipe mentioned above – though any offense he can provide is an added bonus. Armed with a sandpaper-type skill set and sustained by a strong worth ethic, the 26-point (13-13=26) forward who banked 111 penalty minutes in his rookie AHL season a year ago is listed as a left wing but is also quite comfortable at center. Colin Fraser may be hearing some footsteps.

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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.