February 23 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo. The Kings took the ice shortly before 10:30 a.m. this morning and showed these color-coded forward groups:

White: Gaborik-Kopitar-Brown
Purple: King-Carter-Toffoli
Yellow: Lewis-Stoll-Andreoff-Williams
Blue: Clifford-Shore-Nolan

-In other words, there were no changes, other than Andreoff rotating through the Stoll line instead of the Shore line. All active players were on the ice, other than Alec Martinez. When I have an update on Martinez other than “he has been riding the stationary bike,” I’ll share it.

-It was a lengthy practice, as days that follow recovery days regularly are. Among other drills, the team worked on three-on-two zone entries and mini two-on-ones that originated from below the hash marks. After some players left the ice, a good portion of the team remained on for extra work, which included Kyle Clifford putting some time in on his fighting technique amongst other skill-related drills in smaller groups.

-Jonathan Quick was named the First Star of the week. “I’ve said it, and I’m not going to go any farther than that,” Darryl Sutter said. “If I have to pick a goaltender in a big game, I want Jonathan Quick, and we’re playing big games, so I want Jonathan Quick.” There seems to be an utterly pointless debate on Twitter that heats up about every six weeks or so on whether Quick is an “elite” goalie. This debate is not worth anyone’s time because A) there is no way to quantify “elite,” other than by using one’s one subjective criteria, B) there are no new, uncovered streams of data that have recently been mined, only recycled arguments that we’ve all heard before, and C) the only other person who could be considered in the same argument as Quick as the greatest goaltender in franchise history more or less holds him up as the greatest goaltender in franchise history. “I wish I would’ve set the bar a little higher,” Rogie Vachon said last year. Read Vachon’s and Quick’s quotes, and then imagine them laughing at the meaningless discussion of whether or not Jonathan Quick is “elite.” Bill Ranford analysis will come later today.

-A stick tap to Lake Forest for sharing this in the comments section of the links post this morning. It’s a 360-degree view of the Stadium Series game, and you can zoom in and out to find yourself. I remember a similar application being introduced for the Michigan-Notre Dame Under the Lights game in 2011, and realizing that I was staring blankly into space during one of the greatest (September) comebacks in college football history. Technology!

-Darryl Sutter tuned in to the Oscars at the most important part – right at the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Picture awards. “Hit it just right,” he said.

Lots more to come on a busy day from #gundo.


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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.