January 14 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from El Segundo, where the Kings skated in advance of their game tonight against the New Jersey Devils (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West).

Line rushes indicated no changes from Monday’s lineup:

Gaborik – Kopitar – Carter
Brown – Stoll – Williams
King – Richards – Lewis
Clifford – Andreoff – Nolan – Shore

McNabb – Doughty
Muzzin – Greene
Schultz – Martinez
Regehr – McBain


-Martin Jones left the ice first, so he’s expected to draw the start against the Devils.

-Nick Shore and Jamie McBain remained on the ice for extra work with Robyn Regehr and Jonathan Quick, so it appears Shore will have to wait at least one more game to make his NHL debut. As Darryl Sutter said on Monday, “He’s going to play.”

-Tyler Toffoli skated for roughly 10 minutes for the second consecutive day. Before he took the ice he said he wasn’t feeling any major effects from mononucleosis. While that’s a good sign, he’s still expected to miss three or four weeks.

-I added it to the story last night, but for more context on the contract negotiations between Justin Williams and the Kings, click here for Pierre LeBrun’s ESPN.com Rumblings Blog update from yesterday, which contains quotes from Williams’ agent, Thane Campbell. As noted previously, I’ve been told that negotiations between Williams and the Kings are still in their early stages. July 1 is still a ways away.

-There’s a lot more to come throughout the day: I’ll have stories on Drew Doughty discussing his All-Star assistant captaincy, the impact Rob Blake has left on younger defensemen, and impressions of a New Jersey Devils team that will make its second appearance at Staples Center since Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. Bear with a short delay before Darryl Sutter quotes are posted, as I’ll be working with FOX Sports West to record this year’s batch of prospect profiles. Stay tuned…

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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.