Audio: Adam Kimelman's World Junior Summer Showcase update - LA Kings Insider

A GOOD FRIDAY AFTERNOON TO YOU, INSIDERS. Adam Kimelman of joined LA Kings Insider this morning to share an update from the World Junior Summer Showcase, a round robin of exhibitions featuring the national junior teams of Finland and Sweden and split-squad United States and Canada entries.

Gabriel Vilardi, who took part in an extended season that culminated in a Memorial Cup championship with the Windsor Spitfires, did not participate at the Kings’ development camp in late June. Similarly, he has been held out of action during the WJSS and has instead taken part in meetings and team activities with Canada.

Kale Clague is also taking part in the showcase, though our conversation gravitates towards Jacob Moverare, who should have an inside shot on a role with Sweden after being the last defenseman cut a season ago, and Mikey Anderson, who has impressed during the tournament to date. We also talk Rasmus Dahlin and other highly touted NHL prospects.

An excerpt from Mike Morreale’s story, Anderson brothers aiming to play together on U.S. WJC roster:

“Our personalities are different, but even though we play different positions, we play a similar game,” Joseph said. “We’re not flashy. He’s gritty, smart and deceptive and knows when to make the right play.”

Michael believes his older brother has the edge in speed but that he plays a more physical game.

“In some ways, we’re very comparable with our work ethic and compete level, but I’d say he’s a little faster,” Michael said. “I’d say my stick is just as good, if not better than his.”

Both players will suit up for Minnesota-Duluth this season, Joseph as a sophomore and Mikey as a freshman.

More Kings prospect notes, courtesy of Brock Otten at OHL Prospects:

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.