NHL.com 31-in-31 series profiles Kings - LA Kings Insider

Good news, everyone! NHL.com is profiling all 31 NHL teams, and Monday, August 14 is L.A. Kings day. Huzzah!

“I wouldn’t have taken the job here if I didn’t think we could win,” John Stevens told Lisa Dillman. “This is not the same team that won two Cups. But there are an awful lot of pieces that are still here. Our challenge is to get some of our top guys and their games back to where they were.”

That’s from the banner article, 31 in 31: Inside Look at the LA Kings. Additional articles include this tidbit from Three Questions Facing the LA Kings Ahead of 2017-18 Season, under the query “How many starts will a healthy Jonathan Quick make?

“[Quick] has that sense about him that I’ve never seen in a goalie,” Stevens said. “He would never blame anybody but himself. He could get scored on a 3-on-0 and he would look inside himself and thought he could have done something more. I think that’s a great trait in a goalie, and it rubs off on his team and his teammates.”

There’s more from Dillman, a true Kings insider, on the club’s prospects. Speaking of which, here’s a blurb on top-ranked prospect Gabriel Vilardi: “The 17-year-old has drawn comparisons to Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone, someone with above-average hands who has the size (6-foot-3, 201 pounds) to get to the hard areas of the ice. Like Stone did, Vilardi needs to upgrade his skating. If he can do that, Vilardi projects as a top-six forward.”

More from 31 for 31: Key Kings Statistics (via Rob Vollman) | Fantasy Preview (via Pete Jensen)

KING OF KINGS. Dwight King signed a two-year contract with KHL-Yekaterinburg, where he’ll play alongside former Canuck behemoth Nikita Tryamkin and Slovenian national (and Jesenice native) Rok Ticar. Avtomobilist finished 11th in the 15-team Eastern Conference last season and did not qualify for the playoffs.

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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.