Odds and ends, LAKI to Manch, Mistele wins Memorial Cup - LA Kings Insider

Several odds and ends from a Monday in El Segundo:

-I’m excited to announce that I’ll be heading east to cover the Calder Cup Final between Manchester and either Utica or Grand Rapids (Utica currently leads three games to two with the series shifting back to upstate New York). There won’t be the full Manchester Monarchs Insider changeover like there was last February, but the coverage should be similar. I’ll also have video interviews with players and hope to have game previews similar to those KingsVision produced with Darryl Evans and I during Playoff Series of Yore. There are a few minor details to work out, but the coverage should start Saturday morning in advance of Game 1. Also, Daryl Evans has a scouting report on Adrian Kempe, who has four goals, five points and a plus-three rating through 12 games in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

-In addition to the Calder Cup coverage, I’ve also started to chat with hockey operations about NHL Draft coverage. LA Kings Insider will be on hand again to provide to-the-minute updates from the floor in South Florida, and in advance of the June 26-27 draft I’ll also be speaking with club scouts and members of the front office to provide an illustration of how the team goes about identifying, organizing and selecting prospects from their list. That list has been constructed – the scouts were in town to organize and help compile the list last week – though it may be updated in advance of the actual draft.

-Twitterers, adjust your follows:

-Finally, a congratulations to Matt Mistele, Memorial Cup champion:

-The last Kings prospect to win a Memorial Cup was Andrei Loktionov with Windsor in 2009. Last season, Zac Leslie, Nick Ebert and Justin Auger finished as runners up with Guelph after falling to Edmonton in the championship. Mistele, selected in the sixth round last year, scored 13 goals in the postseason.

You can capture a glimpse of Mistele and his family 45 seconds into this video:

-video courtesy Canadian Press and Toronto Star

-One year ago today, where were you? I was in Chicago:

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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.