October 12 morning skate notes, Setoguchi audio - LA Kings Insider

While the early morning clouds having burned off, giving way to a beautiful afternoon, the Kings took the ice shortly before 11:00 a.m. at the SAP Center and aligned as such:

Pearson (suspended), Dowd extras

Gilbert extra

-Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start against San Jose. The #LAKingsGoalieTweetOff is no longer a thing; respectfully, please don’t ask who the starter is on the days when it’s obviously going to be Quick. If there is any question over who starts, we’ll let you know, provided there’s a morning skate that day. You may also refer to the flowchart, as long as you replace “Jones” with “Zatkoff.”

-The only change would appear to be Nick Shore in for Nic Dowd; when I asked Darryl two days ago what Dowd would have to do to gain more ice time, he replied, “he’s a centerman, so if there are four centermen ahead of him, then take one of them out,” which served as a hint that Shore, upon regaining full health, could open the year above the rookie.

-Devin Setoguchi had to get a few immigration odds and ends sorted out, but they’ve been taken care of, and when he takes the ice tonight he will do so in front of a familiar crowd and with the support of a suite that family and friends will fill out. He spoke with reporters about the emotions of returning to San Jose, which is obviously overshadowed by the need to collect two points with his new club.

-It’s never a stretch to say special teams will play a key role in any NHL game, but at the start of the season, when games are called more tightly – especially stick infractions – the Kings’ fortunes will be heavily dependent on how well they can keep San Jose’s elite top power play unit – which has been together “since Christ was a child,” as one coach might say – off the scoresheet. “On the flip side of that, a lot of our PK units at least up front have been together for a while,” Dustin Brown said. “Early on it’s just about details. The power plays will be there, both sides will be a little off, so it comes down to the details.”

-Filling in for Bob Miller on select road trips this year will be Gary Thorne, Chris Cuthbert, Ralph Strangis and, in the team’s 50th anniversary season, Jiggs McDonald (!). A story will follow soon; Darryl Sutter quotes are up next. Enjoy your Wednesday, 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.