January 19 morning skate notes: Right side Carter - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Kings fans. The Dallas Stars are in town tonight for the teams’ first of three match-ups this season, and in advance of the renewal of the former Pacific Division rivalry, Los Angeles aligned as such:

Extras: Clifford, Nolan

Extra: Ehrhoff

-So, Jeff Carter skated as a wing for the first morning skate this season.. He has plenty of experience at wing. He played wing during the team’s 2012 Stanley Cup run and did just fine. Even Tanner Pearson has experience playing opposite Carter on a line centered by Anze Kopitar. “He’s going to be in stride when you give him the puck, and if you hit him in stride, he’s probably going to beat the defender,” said Pearson, who also noted Carter and Vincent Lecavalier’s size.

-Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to draw the start against the Stars. Christian Ehrhoff and Jordan Nolan remained on the ice for extra work with Kyle Clifford (who is still on injured reserve) and Jhonas Enroth. I spoke with Clifford after the skate, and he says he feels completely fine but just needs to work his conditioning back up to game levels. Today was the first time he had joined his teammates at the start of a practice, so he’s getting closer.

-We spoke with Dustin Brown, and the focus of a potential story today will center around the team’s improved special teams play, but he did share this one reflection of his first 44 games: “I haven’t produced as much as I would’ve liked, but I think there are other parts of my game that have been really good. PK, the work aspect of that, and again, we have a lot of guys that find ways to win games for us in different capacities, and that’s kind of what our team’s about.”

-I forgot to reference this in yesterday’s practice notes, but Anze Kopitar was named as the league’s third star of the week after a three-game, two-goal, seven-point performance. It was the team’s second three-star nomination in three weeks as Jonathan Quick was named the league’s first star of the week on January 4. Patrick Kane and Sam Bennett were named the first and second stars.

-For Dallas, defenseman Jordie Benn was placed on injured reserve, and highly touted defensive prospect Esa Lindell is expected to make his NHL debut tonight. I’ll retweet some Mike Heika reports from the Stars’ morning skate when it begins in several minutes.

UPDATE, 11:25 a.m.:

-More to come on a busy game day…


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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.