Odds and ends: Adidas jerseys, expansion draft, NHL schedule, Doan - LA Kings Insider

NEW JERSEYS. Jumping right into expansion and NHL Awards proceedings, the NHL will unveil the 31 new Adidas jerseys in Las Vegas this evening at 7:00 p.m. I’ll have a post up at the time that will link to all of the new jerseys without relying too much on the inevitable corporate and propagandic jargon that accompanies such announcements. There won’t be any major changes to the Kings’ jerseys, only some neckline accents and adjustments, and a different texture along the shoulders that I believe are being incorporated into most, if not all, of the new jerseys.

Via SportsLogos.net, 12 teams are expected to have slightly more substantial jersey changes: Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey and Ottawa. An example of a more significant change would be the Oilers, who are expected to switch full-time to their orange third jerseys at home. Vegas’ new threads will also be unveiled at tonight’s reveal. Teams are not expected to use third jerseys in the 2017-18 season.

STILL WAITING. As has been noted for the better part of the last year, the Kings are set up better than most teams for the expansion draft, which is expected to come and go with minimal side negotiations involving L.A. The sense over the weekend was that there wouldn’t be any trades worked out with Vegas, and that the team would simply lose a player and move on. That still appears to be the case. As noted in LAKI’s expansion draft primer, Brayden McNabb, Trevor Lewis and Nic Dowd are the most likely players to be selected by Vegas. Golden Knights GM George McPhee says that he has “at least’ six trades completed, and that they’re prepared to pull the trigger on a number of defensemen.

The NHL Awards and expansion draft will air on NBCSN beginning at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.

THE SCHEDULE OF THE SCHEDULE (not to be confused with The Story of the Story of Everest). The 2017-18 NHL schedule will be revealed this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. PT on the NHL Network. The NHL Network will also feature three hours of live coverage before and after the first round of the NHL Draft at the United Center in Chicago this weekend. Though NBCSN will televise the first round on Friday with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT and the draft scheduled to begin at 4:00, the NHL Network will televise rounds two through seven beginning at 7:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 24. Teams will start announcing their home openers at 9:00 a.m. PT Wednesday morning.

DON’T DO DOAN DIRTY. Good on Shane Doan for taking a high road, because he wasn’t really done all that well by Arizona on Monday. The most important figure in Coyotes history and the best ambassador of the sport to the Sonoran desert, Doan took an eight or nine-minute meeting with John Chayka in which he was told he would not be retained, shook the GM’s hand, and moved on with his career. (Great reporting here by Sarah McLellan, who was among those to note that Doan had been offered an off-ice role with the club.) Doan’s production dropped from 28 goals and 47 points in his 39-year-old season to six goals and 27 points in his 40-year-old season. Not to get overly sentimental about an aging star who has made lots of money in his career and will retire inundated by the adulation of appreciative fans, but a brief conversation, a handshake and a 10-sentence statement from the owner is not the appropriate way to put a neat bow on the veteran’s playing career in Arizona and walk away. Given Doan’s apparent surprise at the direction of his meeting with Chayka, it seems odd that this topic wasn’t addressed before the team broke for the off-season. Also, this is the best paragraph from the Arizona Republic article: “Drafted seventh overall in 1995, Doan spent just one season in Winnipeg before the franchise relocated to the Valley in 1996. He experienced a 98-degree difference from when he left Canada to touching down in Phoenix and immediately fell for the sandy landscape, prickly cacti and sherbet sunsets – scenery he was familiar with from his favorite movie Tombstone.” ::furiously files away “sherbet sunsets” for a future Instagram caption::

Captain Fight, February 16, 2012. Via Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI

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.