October 1: Wednesday morning links - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We’re at 6,200 feet above sea level, considerably higher than the Mile High City 70 miles to the north. There’s no on-ice practice today – just off-ice workouts – prior to tomorrow’s game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Broadmoor World Arena, which is also the home of the Colorado College Tigers hockey team. Among the Kings alumni to have played for the Tigers are Noah Clarke and Tom Preissing. Other alums: Jaden Schwartz, Mark Stuart, Joey Crabb, and Unstoppable Crease Deity Richard Bachman, who has put up bizarrely good numbers in limited action against the Kings.

The Sharks weren’t particularly fond of its effort in last night’s 4-1 Kings win. Via David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News:

But several of San Jose’s players — rookies and veterans — struggled at times, particularly in the second period when the Kings scored twice to take a 3-1 lead. Starting goalie Antti Niemi stopped 26 of 30 shots in the loss.

“I think maybe it’s kind of a wake-up call for us,” Couture said. “They’re ready over there, and we’re going to have to open up our season against them in seven or eight days. We better get going.”

In 15:43 of ice time, Patrick Marleau was a minus-1, attempted two shots, both of which missed the net, and did not record a hit or a blocked shot.

That’s some fine work by Steve Nash of EYECANDYAIR. Here’s Martin Jones’ new mask:

Elsewhere! Here’s the LA Times’ account of Darryl Sutter’s opinions on team bonding excursions. Rich at the OC Register takes a look at how the Kings roster could eventually shake out, and you won’t find any disagreements here. JFTC says you, Nick Shore, you are the 12th most important King or King prospect under the age of 25. Frozen Royalty chats with Dean. Mayor’s Manor thinks Jordan Nolan is getting traded. It means nothing, but an EA Sports simulator picked the Kings to repeat. Eric Nusbaum, who was with the club during training camp last week, wrote the Sports Illustrated Kopitar story, which I can’t wait to read. Here’s a preview.


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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.