November 7 practice notes; Zatkoff healthy - LA Kings Insider

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There was a practice today! It began at 8:30 a.m. Occasionally, on a long travel day, the team will practice before a cross-continent flight. “Yeah, I haven’t been up in the 6’s in a long time,” Drew Doughty said. “It’s not that bad, it’s better then having to fly out to Toronto yesterday or something like that. It was good to have a day off.”

The Kings were grouped by color-coordinated jerseys at practice:

White: Pearson-Kopitar-Purcell-Nolan
Blue: King-Carter-Toffoli
Yellow: Brown-Dowd-Setoguchi
Red: Clifford-Shore-Lewis

-There were no changes to forward lines, though Jordan Nolan did cycle through with Anze Kopitar’s group. It was an up-tempo practice that opened well before 8:30 with some finishing drills around the net, followed by your typical flow and puck retrieval drills and what have you. Before stretching and hustling back to the room to catch the flight, the team also took part in some in-zone, down-low compete drills.

-The two goalies were Peter Budaj and Jeff Zatkoff; expect a notification that Jack Campbell has been reassigned to AHL-Ontario to come in the next 36 hours. Zatkoff (groin) is fully healthy. “I felt really good,” he said. “…First full day, no pain, nothing. I feel like I’m 100% ready to go, so real positive. I think a little day off yesterday and kind of the rest I’ve had [was beneficial] – that little extra rest from Saturday really made a difference.” Zatkoff moved back into his stall in the team’s Toyota Sports Center dressing room.

-A fun write-up (though from the perspective of a Maple Leafs fan) on the Aki Berg trade tree. As Steve Dangle Glynn notes, the second round pick acquired as part of the trade that sent Berg to Toronto was used on Michael Cammalleri.

-After some Darryl Sutter quotes, I’ll have some stories up on the third line looking to sustain its impact on the road and a catching up piece with Steve Duchesne, who discussed both of his stints in Los Angeles. The discussion with Duchesne, prior to turning the recording devices on: could you imagine how friggin’ good Duchesne would’ve been in this “new,” slightly faster NHL? Come to think of it, he wasn’t half-bad in the “old” Smythe Division.

-Lots more coming soon. Enjoy your Monday, Insiders. Photos courtesy of Jon Bradley.


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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.