Dudas, Ingham, Kaliyev, Parik, Spence assigned; Constantinou, Yantsis released from ATO - LA Kings Insider

The LA Kings made their first round of training camp cuts, assigning Aidan Dudas (OHL-Owen Sound), Jacob Ingham (OHL-Kitchener), Arthur Kaliyev (OHL-Hamilton), Lukas Parik (WHL-Spokane) and Jordan Spence (QMJHL-Moncton) to their junior teams and releasing Billy Constantinou (OHL-Kingston) and Jonathan Yantsis (OHL-Kingston) from their ATOs.

Major junior teams begin play this weekend, so there’s nothing particularly shocking among this round of roster moves. While all of these players are certainly worth keeping tabs on, keep a close eye on Spence (2019/4th) this season. The mobile 5-foot-10 defender saw regular time in the main groups rather than Group C as camp progressed and made his NHL preseason debut as an 18-year-old at Staples Center last night. I’d been hearing some good things about him that I’ll expand upon this season.

As for Constantinou and Yantsis, the Kings will continue to keep an eye on them. Constantinou, especially, is a player who’ll continue to draw focus and essentially should go through a second draft year. Keep in mind that in 2011, Colin Miller was an invite to training camp and returned to Sault Ste. Marie, where he built on his previous season and was selected by the club in the fifth round in 2012. The Kings like both players, and watching Constantinou in the Anaheim rookie tournament, much of his ability was as advertised: he evaded forechecks to advance the puck, got pucks through to the net and provided offense, and was occasionally beaten on coverage and down low in the defensive zone. He’s a good skater with some skill, though, and teams are always keen on defensemen with the capacity for offense, so he’ll be another to continue to watch.

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.