Development Camp: Kempe comes as advertised - LA Kings Insider

Mike Donnelly, a former King and a part of the team’s development staff in addition to serving as Collegiate Scout-Western, outlined the purpose of this week’s development camp for many of the club’s youngest prospects.

“What we’re looking for is just to try and start teaching them good practice habits, work ethic, and introduce them to some of the things that we believe are important for our young players to start practicing,” he said.

Though those habits have been enhanced over the last week, they appear to already have been embedded in the play of the club’s 2014 first round draft pick, Adrian Kempe.

Kempe, who split time between Modo Hockey’s U-18 and U-20 teams amidst posting 11 points (5-6=11) as a 17-year-old with the senior club, is someone who possesses many of the qualities that the Kings covet. He has skill, goes to the net, is responsible in all 200 feet of the ice and appears to be eminently coachable.

“He has a lot of skill. I like his length. There’s a lot to like in him. He’s working hard,” Donnelly said. “From what I’ve seen in two days, he’s an excellent student. He’s listening. He’s applying the things we’re teaching.”

Acknowledging that the experience playing against older players in the Swedish Hockey League helped him greatly, Kempe now has his sights on eventually joining the Kings – though he’s under contract with Modo and will return to Sweden for the upcoming season.

“That was the dream I’ve had since I was a little kid, to make it to the NHL,” he said. “Hopefully I will take my play to the next level.”

Ther’s already a good indication that his style of play will jibe with Los Angeles’ efforts.

“They play real fast hockey, a really physical game and everything, so that’s what I’ll try to do too,” Kempe said.

“I think the small rink and the North American play fits me pretty good. I’m a big, strong player.”

It’s his second time visiting Los Angeles after having taken part in a CAA camp two summers ago. There’s a little bit of a different pace at this year’s camp, where fundamental aspects are reinforced in addition to teaching the young prospects how to become professionals, as Donnelly noted.

“I think it went pretty good,” Kempe said. “The first on-ice practice was a little bit hard. I hadn’t been on the ice for a couple weeks, so it was pretty hard, both to skate and do things. But once you get into it now, like this and the last on-ice practice we had, [it gets better].”

“It was pretty different. A smaller rink, you don’t have so much time with the puck as you have maybe at the big rinks back in Sweden, so that’s a big difference.”

He’s also getting an inclination towards how the team hopes he’ll fit within the organization.

“I think they picked me because I fit good with the team, and I play like their team does,” he said. “I need to improve a lot of things if I want to play in the NHL in the future.”

PREVIOUSLY: Introducing Adrian Kempe

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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.