Training camp at Staples; Deslauriers tryout - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Toyota Sports Center, where preparations for the new season are underway:

Toyota Sports Center has been undergoing a thorough renovation in areas used by players, coaches and hockey operations. As the renovations are not yet complete, some of this year’s training camp will be moved to Staples Center.

Keep in mind that this situation is fluid and subject to change. But from the notes I’ve received (and I’m referring to training camp, NOT rookie camp), the Kings will open camp at Toyota Sports Center on Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20, before shifting to Staples Center for the remainder of camp. That means morning skates on Monday, September 22 (split squad games versus Arizona) and Thursday, September 25 (home game versus Anaheim) will be at Staples Center in addition to practices. Traditionally, morning skates and practices at Staples Center have not open to the public.

One player who will attend training camp on a tryout basis will be former Oilers and Ducks goalie Jeff Deslauriers. Deslauriers, a veteran of 62 NHL games, was 20-15-3 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .895 save percentage over 40 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2013-14. The 6-foot-4, 203-pound right-catching goalie most recently played in the NHL with Anaheim in the 2011-12 season and was originally a second round pick by Edmonton in 2002.

If Deslauriers’ name sounds particularly familiar, it’s because you may remember his performance on February 11, 2010 at Staples Center in which he followed up a 41-save effort through 65 minutes by stopping seven of 10 shooters in a 3-2 Edmonton shootout win. He also tangled with John Gibson last year:

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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


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