March 27 practice notes: Shore to travel, Roy signs - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from LAX, Insiders. The Kings have loaded up the plane in advance of the three-city trip to Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, and prior to departing, held a practice at Toyota Sports Center Monday morning. The nuts and bolts:

-The team wasn’t color coordinated by lines and didn’t really take part in line rushes. This was mostly a skating practice that featured transition and flow drills, odd-man rushes and shots from the point with traffic in front before the team shuttled off the ice and players began taking part in individual skill work.

-Last week, Darryl Sutter threw a little bit of cold water on the prospect of Nick Shore playing again this season, saying, “We’ve got to make the playoffs, probably, for him to play, so that’s a stretch.” But Shore has advanced from skating on his own to taking part in full practices, and on Monday he confirmed that he’d be traveling with the team to Western Canada this week. He’s getting better day-by-day, though it’s too early to say definitively whether he will or will not return this season. While Shore has not established himself to be a scoring center yet in his career, there are those who in private have expressed that his absence – and the structure, positioning and responsibility inherent in his play – has had a significant effect on the team’s detail since he suffered the upper-body injury against Toronto on March 2.

-There’s a lot of good stuff coming from Drew Doughty later today, and when the All-Universe defenseman was asked about Connor McDavid, he owned up to the observation that the superstar forward had his number when the teams met at Rexall Place one week ago, saying, “I feel like I had his number up until the last game,” amongst other things. The conversation veered towards what McDavid says to other players on the ice, and Doughty had some interesting observations on the Edmonton captain. “He doesn’t say too, too much. He’s a quiet kid. But I’m the type of guy that likes to get in people’s faces a little bit and chirping ‘em and stuff like that, so it makes me play better a lot of the times – it gets me into the games – and I think a lot of times throws the other players off their game, but in that last instance with him I obviously didn’t throw him off, ‘cause he owned me.”

-The Kings have signed 22-year-old right shot defenseman Matt Roy, a seventh round draft pick in 2015, to a two-year entry-level contract. I’ll have more substance on this later, but Roy had five goals and 26 points in 42 games with Michigan Tech this past season. When the Huskies were knocked out of the NCAAs by the Denver Pioneers last week, the team continued its internal discussions on his play and ultimately made the decision to sign him to the ELC.

-Meanwhile, Northeastern captain John Stevens, son of Kings Associate Head Coach John Stevens, signed a two-year entry-level contract with the New York Islanders, the team announced on Monday. Los Angeles had kicked the tires on the 22-year-old, who totaled 26 goals and 106 points in 138 games with the Huskies, but from what I had heard just over a week ago from a hockey operations source, the Kings had been leaning towards offering John an ATO with the Ontario Reign. I don’t know if a full ELC had been offered, but there had been internal discussions surrounding the 6-foot-2, 200-pound center.

Practice photos, courtesy Jon Bradley (follow him on Instagram here):

Nice poke check by Cliffy the Goalie

A post shared by Jon Rosen (@lakinsider) on

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

VIEW ALEC MARTINEZ POSTS
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.

VIEW ANZE KOPITAR POSTS
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.

VIEW DREW DOUGHTY POSTS
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.
VIEW TYLER TOFFOLI POSTS

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.

VIEW JEFF CARTER POSTS
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.

VIEW JONATHAN QUICK POSTS