March 6 practice notes; Doughty enjoys playing forward - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon, Insiders, and thank you for bearing with a delay in content on a busy Monday across Los Angeles. After today’s practice, we took a detour to the Fox lot to shoot a special Simpsons-themed Kings Weekly segment that relates back to the late 1960’s Springfield Kings and features some incredible Pete Demers stories.

Meanwhile, the Kings went through an extended practice in El Segundo this morning and aligned as such:

White: [Doughty]-Kopitar-Gaborik
Blue: Pearson-Carter-Toffoli
Green: Lewis-Kempe-Brown
Yellow: Andreoff-Dowd-Clifford

-Jarome Iginla didn’t skate because he was dealing with logistics related to his trade to Los Angeles, so Drew Doughty skated in his place alongside Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik. He enjoyed his temporary role as a forward. “It’s cool because I never get to work on on-on-one scoring like that,” he said. “As D-men, you just work on shots from the point all the time, which is boring, to be honest. It’s not fun not getting opportunities to try to score, because when you get ’em in a game, you’re not used to having ’em. I probably could have 10 more goals if I worked on my scoring a little more. I liked it.” The practice also featured the five-on-zero drills the goalies aren’t particularly fond of. “5-on-0 wasn’t my favorite part,” Doughty continued. “My favorite parts are the two-on-ones and the three-on-twos because you’re not making plays as a D-man in practice. The plays you’re typically making are just easy breakout passes and stuff like that, whereas at forward you’ve got to try to put pucks through guys feet or under their stick, like a sauce pass, so that was the most fun part for me today.”

-It was about as heavy of a practice as could be imagined at a point of the season when the replenishment of energy levels is important. But because Sunday was an off-day, and the team doesn’t play again until Thursday, Monday’s skate was expected to be the most extended of the week. In addition to rush and flow drills, there were odd-man rush drills, including the five-on-zero drills. Drills along the boards and in front of the nets had battle and compete elements, and after a conditioning skate segued into a stretch at center ice, several players trickled off the ice as others remained on for individual skill work. The ice was then cut, and then a small handful of players returned to work on their power skating with the use of restraining elastic bands, which teammates used to hold them in place from behind. There was a work-out element to the day’s conditioning, as well. “It was a pretty tough practice,” Doughty said. “Get the legs going, and get a little cardio in at the end. It’s nice to have a few days off, but we need to stay sharp and stay in shape, so not only are we doing stuff on the ice and having a long practice, we’re going to do some off-ice stuff, too.”

-Adrian Kempe was one of the boldfaced names from Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Vancouver and spoke about what he thought he did well in earning a pair of assists. “I got to play center, and I think I used my speed better,” he said. “I got to more pucks, and I think I used my speed with the puck well, so I think that was a good improvement from my side from the games before, so I just tried to play hard, and I think I won more loose puck battles. I thought I had a pretty good game, so I’m happy about that, but it’s tough, too. You’ve got to win.”

-Neither Jordan Nolan (undisclosed) nor Nick Shore (upper-body) skated on Monday. I hope to have updates on both players early this week.

-The Kings signed Kale Clague (2016 / 2nd round) and Austin Wagner (2015 / 4th round) to three-year, entry level contracts. Clague, who is still 18, is ticketed for a return to WHL-Brandon next season, while Wagner will try to earn a spot with AHL-Ontario as a 20-year-old, but is eligible to return to WHL-Regina as an overager if he does not lock down a spot. More to come on these players later this evening.

Clifford, Andreoff, Dowd vs. Quick

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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.