Wednesday afternoon links: September 7 - LA Kings Insider

Hello and good afternoon, Insiders. Some news and links from across Hockey Internet on a Wednesday:

WORLD CUP. ESPN.com’s Craig Custance spoke with Dean Lombardi about Team USA’s construction – “It was a great experience,” Lombardi said. “I didn’t think it was going to be this difficult. We had to micromanage.” – and spoke about the “tiebreaker” between evenly evaluated players vying for a roster spot. He also confirmed the team is structured to have the best chance at beating Canada, telling Custance, “Who are we kidding? You want to be politically correct? No, they’re the best. It’s like right now, you’ve got to beat the [Pittsburgh] Penguins.” More: Rosters, numbers, lines and defensive pairings (ESPN.com) | How suspensions and coaches challenges will be handled (Puck Daddy) | Navigating St. Petersburg and a language barrier to cover Team Russia (NHL.com)

SETOGUCHI. In battling alcoholism and emerging clean and sober, Devin Setoguchi endured several dark, difficult years as his career unraveled. This is a halting and candid Hockey News piece by former Sharks scribe David Pollak on the player who will attend camp with the Kings on a PTO.

MUZZIN. I missed this in June, but here’s Jake Muzzin taking part in Michael Landsberg’s #SickNotWeak event in Woodstock. There’s an interesting discussion of how Muzzin learned that he’d make Team Canada at the World Cup. Later, Landsberg changes Mazel Tov to Muzzer Tov, and hey, I’m on board. They joke around with Richard Clune, who is in the audience.

PARROS. A pair of semi-recent Kings enforcers – also looking at you, Kevin Westgarth – are now affiliated with the NHL as George Parros has been hired to work in the Player Safety department. An eighth round pick of the Kings in 1999, the mustachioed Parros appeared in 474 games with Los Angeles, Colorado, Anaheim, Florida and Montreal.

GAGNE. Two Gagnes, actually. Simon recently spoke with Make Way for the Kings, while Eric pitched five strong innings and touched 93 miles per hour in an appearance with the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League.

PROJECTIONS. Travis Yost built an alogrithm that attempts to offer a predictive model to the 2016-17 NHL standings. There are some interesting trends – Carolina is on the way up, while Chicago may be on the way down, as Yost notes – but I’m having trouble envisioning Los Angeles finishing at the top of the Western Conference. Still, it’s another reminder that the Kings’ style of play and structure will help to off-set challenges caused by Milan Lucic’s departure or a lack of depth on the back end. I feel we’ve had this conversation many times this summer, Insiders.

FORWARD DEPTH. Is that the key to the Kings’ success? Jason Lewis takes a look.

SUNSET SIP. This Saturday’s event is sold out, but if you’d like to donate to The Guidance Center, please follow this link and click on DONATE.

KINGS VS KINGS. On Sunday, September 25, the Los Angeles Kings will be playing the Los Angeles Kings in Ontario. Click here to buy tickets.

Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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