Audio: LAKI, The Royal Half join Kings Men Podcast - LA Kings Insider

A good morning to you, Insiders. Jesse Cohen, The Royal Half and I recorded a podcast last night, and after calling to attention the Jaden, Braden and Kaedens of Western North America, actually got down to business and discussed recent and near-future topics such as the NHL Draft, the Kings’ approach to free agency and how it may differ from previous seasons, and Trevor Lewis’ new contract.

Odds and ends:

-As noted on the podcast, there wasn’t anything going on with UFA forward Kris Versteeg as of Saturday afternoon, so expect the 30 year old to hit the open market. Versteeg totaled four goals and five points in 14 regular season games and one goal and two points in the five-game San Jose series.

-Soon-to-be 18-year-old Moose Jaw goaltender Brady Willms will attend the Kings’ development camp on an invite. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound B.C. native was ranked 14th amongst North American goaltenders on NHL Central Scouting’s final list (and 1th on the midterm list) during a season in which he posted a record of 8-11-3 with a 3.34 goals-against average and .906 save percentage for a Warriors team that made the WHL playoffs but ceded 239 goals in 72 games in doing so.

-Milan Lucic is visiting Edmonton today, via Also from Pierre LeBrun: Vladimir Sobotka is eyeing a return to St. Louis, and could provide some defensively responsible play that could help off-set the potential departure of David Backes.

-As part of the 50 Kings series, Jesse Cohen interviewed Bill Inglis, who played for the Kings and Sabres in their inaugural seasons.

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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.