A brief World Juniors update - LA Kings Insider

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Adrian Kempe (2014 / First Round / 29th overall) didn’t wait for any grand introduction to World Juniors play. Los Angeles’ top pick from 2014 scored two goals on three shots in his U-20 debut yesterday as Sweden triumphed 5-2 over the Czech Republic in Toronto.

The goals, as described by iihf.com:
1) The Swedes took a 2-0 lead in the first period on two nice goals. The first came on the power play at 14:46 when Adrian Kempe got the puck at the top of the faceoff circle and ripped a high wrist shot over the shoulder of Vitek Vanecek in the Czech goal.

2) Kempe made it 4-2 at 5:37 of the third on a power play, finishing off a nice three-way passing play that started with Lindblom to Axel Holmstrom. Alone in front, Kempe roofed a shot calmly over Vanecek’s glove.

Dominik Kubalik, selected by the Kings in the seventh round in 2012, captained the Czech Republic team and registered one shot on goal.

Alex Lintuniemi, selected by Los Angeles in the second round, 60th overall in 2014, was in the starting lineup for Finland’s 2-1 shootout loss to the United States. Lintuniemi, who has three goals, 16 points and a minus-five rating in 29 games with OHL-Ottawa, was whistled for cross-checking late in the third period during yesterday’s Group A game in Montreal. The 6-foot-4, 231-pound defenseman entered into one preseason game with the Kings.

Today, Sweden will play Denmark and the Czech Republic will play Switzerland. The United States will face Germany tomorrow after an off-day today.

Czech Republic V Sweden - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

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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.