Turcotte/Kaliyev vs Bjornfot/Fagemo at WJSS; NHL Network schedule - LA Kings Insider

A quick World Junior Summer Showcase update: Aidan Dudas (4th/2018) didn’t play in Canada’s 8-3 loss to Finland, while Akil Thomas (2nd/2018) logged an assist, took a penalty and finished with an even rating as an extra forward one afternoon after lining up as a first line center in a win over the United States. Kim Nousiainen (4th/2019), one of an NHL-high seven Kings prospects at the summer exhibition, took two shots on goal and finished with a plus-one rating while skating to the left of Ottawa’s Lassi Thompson, who was acknowledged by ESPN.com’s Chris Peters as a standout.

Dudas is more of a longer shot to make Canada’s ultimate roster but has put himself in a position where he’s getting some real consideration to make a team that doesn’t always have to take fourth rounders – though 2017 LA Kings fourth rounder Markus Phillips was a member of last year’s squad. Scouts have praised Dudas’ work ethic, his drive, his attention to detail and a number of other intangibles that paint a picture of a player who doesn’t cut corners but could get another “half-a-step” quicker. From Mark Yannetti on March 26:

He took a pretty good onus on himself this year. His competitive level and his nature shone through, right from day one. I think he’s done very well. He’s done everything he’s needed to do, everything that’s been asked of him, developmentally-wise. His skating looks a full step better. I think he needs to find another half a step, but if he can do what he did this summer, he puts himself into a position to be a bona fide upper-level prospect. He’s got to take the exact same step one more time. His skating’s got to get better. But his skill is there and his competitiveness is there. He’s got the right kind of chip on his shoulder. It’s just a matter of him finding it. Probably a half-a-step is my guess.

Follow the link above for an in-depth scouting report on Dudas, including Mike Donnelly’s praise of a player who made a strong account of himself after Owen Sound traded a number of productive players.

Scouting reports are also available on Thomas, as well as the combination of Nousiainen, Tobias Bjornfot and Samuel Fagemo.

Speaking of the two Swedes, they’ll be in the lineup for today’s 1:00 p.m. PT match-up against Alex Turcotte, Arthur Kaliyev and the United States. That game, and all remaining tournament games, will be broadcast by the NHL Network.

The NHL Network broadcast schedule:

Wednesday, July 31: Finland 8, Canada 3 (Nousiainen: 2 SOG; Thomas 0-1=1, E, 2 PIM)
Wednesday, July 31: USA vs Sweden, 1:00 p.m. PT
Friday, August 2: Sweden vs Canada, 10:00 a.m. PT
Friday, August 2: Finland vs USA, 1:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, August 3: Sweden vs Finland, 10:00 a.m. PT
Saturday, August 3: USA vs Canada, 1:00 p.m. PT

–Lead photo via Juan Ocampo/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.