October 3 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Frozen Fury. Who got the least amount of sleep among us last night?

Lines and pairings shown at this morning’s skate:



-Tanner Pearson, Andy Andreoff, Jordan Weal, Brian O’Neill, Vincent LoVerde and Jamie McBain remained on the ice for extra work with Matt Greene and Jake Muzzin. A good conditioning skate was enjoyed experienced by all.

-Expect Jonathan Quick to start in net.

-The Avs are 1-3-1 in the preseason and have scored only five goals, with Nick Holden, Tyson Barrie, Jack Skille, Alex Tanguay and Mikko Rantanen each potting one. After recent cuts, the Colorado roster appears to be taking shape. From Avalanche.com:

While the Avs’ lineup is still fluid with a week’s worth of contests and practices still to take place before the season opener on Oct. 8, it appears as if the blue line corps will consist of Tyson Barrie, Francois Beauchemin, Brandon Gormley, Nate Guenin, Nick Holden, Erik Johnson, Brad Stuart and Nikita Zadorov.

Beauchemin, Gormley and Zadorov are new additions to the club with the other five D-men returning from last year’s squad. Beauchemin (from free agency) and Zadorov (from a trade with Buffalo) joined the team earlier in the summer while Gormley was a late arrival, coming to Colorado after being acquired from Arizona a week before training camp began.

The 16 skaters battling for the 13 forward spots are still too close to call, but that competition could clear up rather quickly.

With center Jesse Winchester experiencing post-concussion symptoms and likely beginning the year on the injured-reserve list, the team may only have to release two more players instead of three. Jack Skille and Curtis Glencross are on PTOs and could be cut any time, while Dennis Everberg, Borna Rendulic and rookie Mikko Rantanen are also competing for spots.

-I spoke with Michael Mersch, Andy Andreoff and Nick Shore and will have a story up this afternoon on competition for the Kings’ final roster spots. Enjoy your Saturday, Insiders.

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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.