Black and White: Recreating the Kings - LA Kings Insider

There haven’t been a great deal of happy-go-lucky stories that have accompanied the LA Kings this season. John Stevens was fired, popular players have been traded and additional change awaits on the horizon. This isn’t an easy time for the team competitively, but at the management level, Los Angeles has collected draft picks while building its prospect pool in a means to “recreate” the type of success it had forged with a previous generation of highly esteemed prospects. In a message driven by President Luc Robitaille, General Manager Rob Blake and Director of Player Personnel Nelson Emerson, patience is preached, the intended direction of the organization is articulated, and though Gabe Vilardi is absent from the highlights and analysis, there are still direct quotes from executives on other top prospects and how they’ll be incorporated into a group amidst an evolved philosophy towards speed, skill and talent.

“Those times were so much different because that team was at such a good level and coming off a win that you want to allow the players the best opportunity to win again, and that’s what the organization did, and rightly so, they should’ve. But you get to the point where is that team even capable of wining anymore? That’s a harsh reality. You have to look and say, ‘OK, what do we need? Do we need to add to this? Is it through free agency, is it through a trade, or is it through the draft?”
-Rob Blake

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.