Game 7 video, Weal audio, Dillon/Mistele notes - LA Kings Insider

I’ll take a minus-one on this shift for taking a video vertically, but, yeah, there were a lot of Blackhawks fans at Honda Center yesterday. We sat upstairs in section 437, just to the right of the auxiliary press box, and were surrounded by this scene shortly after Jonathan Toews scored on the power play to put the “visitors” up two-nothing:

We did not see a very good hockey game. Was anyone kind of hoping Chicago would tack on an empty-netter to replicate last year’s 6-2 score before Matt Beleskey’s goal?

Some Sunday morning bits:

-19-year-old goaltending prospect Alec Dillon, selected in the fifth round last June, switched his commitment to WHL-Edmonton from ECAC-RPI. There were some interesting comments at the time of his selection last year, when Amateur Scout – Western Canada Brent McEwen told LA Kings Insider, “from what we understand and what he’s stated is that he will go where we want him to go, so we’ll have to decide. That’ll be up to the development guys to decide where the best [place is] for him to go.” Via the Victoria Times-Colonist article linked above, Dillon was persuaded to go the major junior route by Oil Kings general manager Randy Hansch. He’ll join an Edmonton outfit that has emerged in the last four years as a power in the west, having won the 2014 Memorial Cup and weathering the cyclical nature of major junior hockey fairly well by finishing 34-31-4-3 last season. Pittsburgh second rounder and entrenched Edmonton netminder Tristan Jarry should graduate to the pro game, which would provide a lot more starts in the 72-game WHL season than would have been available if he had played as a freshman in college hockey this year.

-Here’s a primary assist to Guy Flaming, who does a terrific job covering junior, NCAA and minor league hockey for TSN 1260 Edmonton. He’s familiar with Jordan Weal from his days with the Regina Pats, and he caught up with the Kings prospect last night on The Pipeline Show:

NHL Top Prospects from the WHL 2011

-Not to be too WHL-centric, here’s a reminder that Kings prospect Matt Mistele and the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals will play in the Memorial Cup final today, taking on (sigh…) the WHL champion and junior hockey power Kelowna Rockets. Mistele, a sixth round draft pick last season, has 13 goals and 16 points in 21 postseason games. The game will be televised on the NHL Network at 4:00 p.m. PT.

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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.