Monday evening odds and ends - LA Kings Insider

Good evening from San Jose, where the team’s flight touched down at half past four. There won’t be a riveting landing video on tomorrow’s Good Morning post because I closed my eyes for 20 minutes on the flight and was awoken by the plane touching down at SJC. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

-Epix’s television crew joined us on the flight today and after covering tomorrow’s game will travel to the All-Star Game and back to Los Angeles as part of Road to the NHL Stadium Series, which will debut on February 3. We’ll be seeing a lot of them for the next month, though it’s not a major nuisance for the players and staff. Darryl Sutter has said at various times that the logistics and the layout of the team’s facility in El Segundo – with its multiple entranceways and exits – allows for plenty of space and ease of movement, though the team’s Staples Center base, with only one door in and out of the team’s room, makes things a touch trickier. As I touched on last night during the Insider Report with Nick Nickson, the team is used to having cameras, producers and extra media around due to its success over the last three seasons and last year’s Stadium Series show.

-A representative of the team’s hockey operations staff flew to Scandinavia earlier this week to get a firsthand look of Kings prospects Adrian Kempe and Nikolai Prokhorkin. The secondhand note I heard was that Kempe, Los Angeles’ first round selection in 2014, was very impressive, while Prokhorkin was sidelined for the CSKA – Jokerit game in Helsinki due to injury. The extent of Prokhorkin’s injury isn’t known at this point. In 38 games the 21-year-old has eight goals and 18 points, a minor drop-off from his 37-point, 52-game season a year ago. Kempe, who is no longer a teammate of highly touted Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander, has four goals and 15 points through 34 games in his 18-year-old season.

-I’m not a Metallica fan, but this is still pretty cool: Tomorrow is Metallica night in San Jose, and band members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich will take part in a ceremonial puck drop, amongst other in-arena promotions. Apparently there are big Sharks fans in the band, not that that piece of information should make you change your mind about them, nor should Neil Young being a San Jose season ticket holder influence your feelings about one of the greatest rock musicians to ever live. Don’t Let It Bring You Down, Kings fans. Also: Per the San Jose Mercury News, the Sharks will wear white and the Kings will wear black tomorrow.

-Both in-line and ice hockey is being played in Kenya. This is really great:

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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.