March 27 practice notes; Versteeg skates again - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon and a happy Easter from the charter plane, which is about to push back and begin taxiing in advance of the quick flight up to San Jose. A reminder: Because tomorrow’s game is an NBCSN game, you get Nick Nickson and Darryl Evans on KABC 790, and I’ll be back to blogging and tweeting about banal WHL minutiae and disseminating Jake Muzzin propaganda.

Though today’s practice was optional, there was still better attendance than what one would expect for an afternoon that followed a Saturday night home game. In addition to the scratches and several players populating depth lines and pairings, Anze Kopitar also got on the ice to break in a new pair of skates – he estimates he goes through a pair a month during the season – while Jake Muzzin and Kris Versteeg were among the handful of players on skates. Jhonas Enroth was the only goalie on the ice.

On Versteeg, he said that he continues to get better, day-by-day. He was wearing plastic skate protectors, accessories that he hadn’t used prior to two Saturdays ago, when he was struck by a Dennis Seidenberg slapshot from a distance he estimated at six feet. Versteeg said that he’s not traveling to San Jose, but he looked good in his skates on Sunday afternoon as he continues to work his way back towards game action.

I didn’t chat with Darryl Sutter, but I did sit down with Mike Futa to learn a little bit more about Michael Amadio, whom Futa saw (and congratulated in person for signing his first pro contract) two weeks ago in North Bay. I’ll share several of Futa’s thoughts; we also spoke about Matt Schmalz, who joined AHL-Ontario after the conclusion of his season with OHL-Sudbury. Several of those thoughts may be shared later this week as part of an Ontario Reign Insider story.

More to come from the air while en route to the Bay Area. Enjoy your Sunday, 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.