Development camp day 2: Notes, morning session pics, video - LA Kings Insider

Several additional notes that I didn’t include yesterday:

-One of the more interesting development camp debuts belonged to Johan Sodergran, the first of Los Angeles’ two sixth round picks last Saturday. The 18-year-old spent the majority of his ice time with Linkoping’s U-20 SuperElit junior team, where he posted 17 goals and 33 points in 37 games; he also got into 20 games with the parent club and was held scoreless over 20 SHL games in which he didn’t quite get the same on-ice responsibility. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Sodergran already has good size and put it to use at development camp, where it was pretty clear he had experience skating against men in a top-flight professional league. On Wednesday morning he continued to show off good escapability and skating, acquitting himself well in a boards drill in which he gracefully strode through several Bosu-armed would-be checkers along the wall. He wasn’t at the draft but flew from Sweden to Los Angeles because he wanted to be a part of this development camp, and I’m told he’s an accountable player who may have flown under the radar a little bit as a younger player in a men’s professional league.

-Another local product: Murphy Stratton, a former L.A. Junior King who is attending camp as an invite. The forward posted 17 goals and 53 points in 54 games with BCHL champion Wenatchee after spending one season with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and following a Pacific District title with the Jr. Kings’ 16U AAA team in 2015-16.

-As much as the players are learning on the ice, there’s also off-ice training in the weight room and in video sessions. When video is used, Drew Doughty seems to be a recurring figure in getting points through to the young players. “It’s funny,” said Sean O’Donnell of the club’s development staff. “You look at what Drew does and the way he skates, and his offensively, but his routes and his angles, how physical he plays, that’s really what you want to teach all defense. So that’s why I think not only is he the best defenseman in the league, but I would say he’s right up there as one of the best defensive defensemen in the league. I think he’s so good in his own end. He recognizes star players, he plays harder on them than he probably plays on anybody else, but he kind of dictates where he wants them to go and then he closes quickly, as opposed to just getting there and kind of reacting and hoping on a play. Drew’s a guy that seems to end up in the clips quite a bit.”

-More to come later today. Photos from today’s morning sessions, courtesy Jon Bradley:

Cole Hults

Markus Phillips

Markus Phillips / Kale Clague

Rasmus Kupari

Forward Group

Aidan Dudas

Lawton Courtnall

Easton Brodzinski

A quick development camp hype video, courtesy LA Kings Production:

-Lead photo via Jon Bradley

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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.