October 22 morning skate notes, audio - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from San Jose, where the Kings have returned to their hotel after this morning’s skate. There’s a Thursday Night Football game down the road in Santa Clara, so there’s a good mix of tech conference types and Seattle Seahawks fans in the lobby. Several notes:

-It was an optional morning skate. Jeff Carter did not take part, though he skated yesterday and was seen around the Kings’ areas. There’s no concern. For what it’s worth, Jordan Weal skated in his place once line rushes commenced. Expect yesterday’s rushes and pairings to hold true tonight.

-Jhonas Enroth, come on down! Enroth, signed on July 1, was the first goalie off the ice and is expected to make his Los Angeles debut tonight, which means that the goaltending match-up will be Jhoner versus Joner. Enroth said that though his last game was in the preseason, he felt sharp in practices and is ready to go. In addition to noting that he began playing goal regularly between the ages of 12 and 13, he said that he was also a fan of Martin Gerber when he followed the Swedish Elite League (now the Swedish Hockey League) regularly:

-The Sharks will be without Joonas Donskoi (lower body), Paul Martin (lower body), Ben Smith (facial cuts) and Logan Couture (fractured right fibula), via Kevin Kurz. Raffi Torres took part in San Jose’s skate, but today represents the forward’s seventh game of a 41-game suspension, so his continued participation will be limited to the club’s morning skates. Kurz has more here.

-Darryl Sutter quotes will follow. Kings fans, share your thoughts:


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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.