Kempe, Zykov impress at WJC summer exhibitions - LA Kings Insider

Sweden v USA White - 2014 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation CampThe annual summer evaluation camps for the World Junior Championships are underway, and in an exhibition between Sweden and a split squad United States team in Lake Placid on Monday, 2014 Kings first round draft pick Adrian Kempe (wearing #17) contributed a one-goal, two-point performance in a 6-2 Tre Kronor win over USA’s Team Blue.

The highlights:
-0:08: Kempe wristshot goal (described as a “rocket”)
-0:30: Kempe strong net drive finished off by Leon Bristedt
-0:52: Nice stickhandling, goal by Minnesota first rounder Alex Tuch

Sweden v USA White - 2014 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp

From Bill Meltzer of Hockey Buzz:

One day after downing Team USA White 4-3 in summer development camp action in Lake Placid, Sweden blew out Team USA Blue by a 6-2 count. As with the first game against the Americans, the most impressive line for Sweden was the trio of LA Kings 2014 first-round pick Adrian Kempe (1G, 1A), Detroit Red Wings prospect Axel Holmström and Flyers draftee Oskar Lindblom (1A). Kempe opened the scoring in the game midway through the first period with a tracer of a wrist shot from the left circle. Lindblom drew the lone assist on the goal.

Flyers defense prospect Robert Hägg continued to skate on the top pairing with Chicago Blackhawks prospect Robin Norell. Hägg, who was impressive in the opener against USA White, had a strong game for the first 35 minutes or so. Later, he was guilty of an unforced turnover and a pair of unnecessary penalties that did not result in any goals against.

Kempe drew an assist in Sweden’s 4-3 win over USA’s Team White on Sunday. Amidst practice days today and Thursday, Sweden will face USA’s full camp team on Wednesday and Finland on Friday. Both games will begin at 1:00 p.m. PT; lineups and live stats can be found here.


In Montreal, Roland McKeown (2014 / second round) and Canada will host the Czech Republic in their summer development camp exhibition opener at 4:00 p.m. PT this afternoon. As indicated by morning line rushes, McKeown be skating on a defensive pairing with Edmonton first rounder Darnell Nurse.

Yesterday, Russia defeated the Czech Republic 5-0. It would have been helpful if the official scorers decided to, you know, keep score, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, we turn our inquisitive eyes to you, Twitter.


Google Translate says: Valentin Zykov, the @DrakkardeBaieCo, complete a beautiful piece of game and it’s four to zero for Russia.

Google Translate says: The #QMJHL is highlighted in this game. Russia 4-0. Baldaev, Barbashev Zykov and found the back of the net.


Google Translate says: During a powerplay Russia, Valentin Zykov, Drakkar is punished.

So, it appears that despite getting “punished,” Zykov and the Quebec-based Russian juniors acquitted themselves quite well. If you’d like to watch the entire game, it’s here.

The Russians have three games remaining in the development camp tournament; they’ll face Canada on Wednesday and Thursday before welcoming the Swedes, who will travel up from Lake Placid to conclude the camp schedule.

Canada will face the Czechs for a second time on Friday. The full tournament schedule is here.

Official rosters will be announced in December. The 2015 World Junior Championships will be held in Toronto and Montreal between December 26 and January 5. Canada, the United States, Finland, Slovakia and Germany make up Group A, while Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Switzerland and the Czech Republic make up Group B.

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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.