Monday morning links: March 30 - LA Kings Insider

Katie Baker: The Roomies
-This is what you’d call a “must read” piece, if you haven’t already taken a look. Willie and Megan Mitchell, as you’re probably already well aware, have taken first overall pick Aaron Ekblad in as a member of their family during the 19-year-old’s rookie season. From more on Ekblad’s perspective, I spoke with him while we were in South Florida last month.

Lisa Dillman: With seven games left, Kings’ playoff picture remains in flux
-Here’s another reminder (mine, not Lisa’s) that teams that make the playoffs will do so under their own merit, not because of the remaining schedule. Teams that make the playoffs deserve to be in; teams that don’t, don’t.

Elliott Teaford: Who will come out of NHL’s Eastern Conference to play for the Stanley Cup?
-Could it be Tampa Bay? One anonymous player thinks it could be Tampa Bay.

Neil Greenberg: Los Angeles Kings will be dangerous in the playoffs, if they get in
-An analytics-based reminder that the Kings are still very capable of an extended run… if they can, you know, make the playoffs.

Jason Lewis: Kings’ Euro and NCAA prospects feeling the growing pains in 2014-15
-North Dakota defenseman Paul LaDue is the only Kings prospect to make the Frozen Four; I’ve heard that Los Angeles will make an effort to sign both him and St. Cloud State forward Jonny Brodzinski, though that’s ultimately a decision that’ll come down to the two individuals. LaDue is putting the final touches on his 22-year-old sophomore season; Brodzinski’s 21-year-old junior season recently ended at the hands of LaDue and North Dakota. Brittany Patko at Mayor’s Manor also has a handy prospect guide.

More: Darryl Sutter answers questions following iconic sports moments (JFTC) | Could a robot write post-game recaps? (New Yorker) | Many hockey helmets may actually be unsafe ( | The Great One on great players (

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.