Moverare loaned to SHL-Frolunda; Budaj assigned to Ontario; tonight's lineup - LA Kings Insider

Several quick notes following the LA Kings’ morning skate at Vivint Smart Home Arena:

–Jacob Moverare has been assigned to SHL-Frolunda. Moverare, a 2018 World Junior Championship defender for Sweden, faced heavy competition for the Ontario blue line, and as a 20-year-old, was also eligible to be assigned back to OHL-Mississauga as an over-ager. There isn’t a surplus of over-age European players in major junior hockey, however, and the loan to Frolunda, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, allows him to play and continue his development in a top-flight professional league while collecting a pro paycheck. He remains property of the Kings. Frolunda finished in third place in the SHL last season but was upset in the quarterfinal by Malmo; they’ll be without Rasmus Dahlin this season but still boast several experienced international players, as well as Lake Forest, CA native and former L.A. Junior King Ryan Lasch, who led the team with 55 points in 40 games last season.

This is a good landing spot for Moverare, who will continue to work on his footspeed but grades exceptionally well in hockey IQ and leadership intangibles.

–Peter Budaj has officially been assigned to AHL-Ontario after clearing waivers. He’ll split time in goal as a number-two option behind Cal Petersen. The Kings aren’t dinged at all with a cap hit there; players who make $1.025-million or less this season won’t cost their teams any cap space if they’re assigned to the AHL.

–Tonight’s LA Kings lineup, based off morning skate line rushes:

Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown
Kempe-Carter-Kovalchuk
Pearson-Amadio-Toffoli
Clifford-Thompson-Lewis

Brickley-Doughty
Muzzin-Martinez
Phaneuf-Fantenberg

Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice, and John Stevens said that “we think at this point, it’s time to get guys in full games,” so expect goalies to go the distance through the rest of the preseason. Extras included Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Emerson Etem, Austin Wagner, Kale Clague, Kurtis MacDermid, Derek Forbort and Paul LaDue.

–On the Canucks, it doesn’t look like we’ll see Elias Pettersson tonight, aka Dekey Pete:

-More to come throughout the day, Insiders.

-Lead photo via Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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