November 14 morning skate notes: Kings recall Crescenzi - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from… not El Segundo. Thank you for your patience as I, like several Kings, took the option this morning.


-As, uh, noted, it wasn’t a complete skate.

An educated assessment leads one to believe that Jonathan Quick will start against Vancouver (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports GO / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio). That’s not a confirmation. There are four games in six days this week, which ends with a back-to-back weekend set against Florida and at Vegas. It is possible that Darcy Kuemper could get into a game beyond an assumed start this weekend. Is it probable? No, I wouldn’t say that. For what it’s worth, in times of compacted schedules, Quick has been known to take a morning off here or there. We’re approaching the time of the year where that becomes more likely. “…I think it’s important to get a gauge on the players, where their fatigue’s at,” John Stevens said yesterday. “I talk to Matt Price and the trainers, and they have a pretty good read on that. If guys need options in the morning, this group’s done a really good job with their preparation, so if they need options in the morning, then we’ll make sure they get it.”

-Center Andrew Crescenzi has been recalled by the Kings, bringing the roster to 23. Should he get into a game – and it appears there’s a good chance of that, based on who remained on the ice for extra work this morning – he would join Jamie Devane, Yanni Gourde and Danill Tarasov as former San Francisco Bulls to graduate to the NHL. (That list does not include Torrey Mitchell or Theo Peckham, players with NHL experience that played at the Cow Palace during the lockout.)

As alluded to by Mike Stothers, Crescenzi is a player who wasn’t drafted by Los Angeles and paid his dues through 251 AHL games and 23 ECHL games, dating back to the end of the 2010-11 season. He’s a grinding, penalty killing, faceoff winner who does not exude skill but provides hard minutes and is a responsible, intelligent player with good defensive awareness. His three points in 11 games with Ontario all came during his first star performance in Saturday’s 4-1 win at San Diego.

His responsibility and dependability in key moments of hockey games has continued to catch the gaze of the Kings’ coaching staff. Based on some correspondence this morning, it checks out with the team’s plans to provide meritocratic opportunities to players to show what they can do with the big club, and because Crescenzi has regularly cleared waivers at the start of NHL seasons, there’s no risk in losing him. He has played some wing this year with the Reign but has mostly served as a center that the team has relied upon for important late-game draws while protecting a lead.

Acquired in January, 2014 from Toronto in exchange for Brandon Kozun while LAKI was en route to Dodger Stadium for the Stadium Series media skate, the 6-foot-5, 207-pound, 25-year-old has 61 points (24-37=61) and 244 penalty minutes in 251 AHL games. A Thornhill, Ont. native, Crescenzi was an important role player during Manchester’s 2015 Calder Cup campaign.

-Based on the limited information provided by today’s optional skate, it’s possible we’ll see a forward group consisting of Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown, Pearson-Kempe-Toffoli, Andreoff-Shore-Lewis and Crescenzi-Laich-Amadio. It has been said once or twice around these parts: wait for the song.

-New dad Anders Nilsson was the first goaltender off the ice for Vancouver and will be expected to draw the start. The Canucks, who used three different power play units in practice on Monday and are 2-for-21 on the power play over the last six games, could align with the following forward and defensive groups, according to Ben Kuzma of The Province: Baertschi—Horvat—Boeser, Gaunce—Sutter—Dorsett, D. Sedin—H. Sedin—Eriksson, Vanek—Granlund—Gagner; Edler—Pouliot, Del Zotto—Biega, Hutton—Gudbranson. Chris Tanev (thumb) and Troy Stecher (knee) are out.

-Tonight’s officials are referees Marc Joannette and Frederick L’Ecuyer and linesmen Brandon Gawryletz and Ryan Galloway. Davis Gaines will sing tonight’s anthems. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.

-Lead photo via Jeff Vinnick/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.