After one month... - LA Kings Insider

Well, after 30 days, I’m taking one off. Happy Halloween! I beg of you, please don’t petition to have me replaced!

First, some housekeeping. You might see, on the left and right, some additions to the page. Some of you have already noticed the picture, for which I’m receiving some well-deserved ribbing. But you’ll also now find a bunch of links that, hopefully, will make this something of a one-stop shop for news. You can find links to the Kings’ stats, roster, schedule, etc., as well as an extensive list of blogs from newspapers that cover every team in the NHL.

Also, on the left, I have posted rules for commenting. They’re the same rules that have existed on this blog and the Daily News blog, and they’re now posted. I have been as tolerant as possible, in terms of giving freedom to debate and argue in a civil way. It’s clear to me that some people try to take advantage of that, which won’t be tolerated. This is a community, and the community must be respected. I only have so many hours in the day. I can use those hours to report on the Kings, or to clean up comments. I’d prefer to spend time on the former. Thank you to the vast majority of you, who are great about making this a fun, smart, respect-filled community.

Practice news and notes will still be posted on today, in the usual notebook format, and if anything but should happen, I’ll be able to post something. Otherwise…back tomorrow! OK, moving on to the fun stuff.

We’re now one month into the season, so what do you think?

The Kings have 18 points in 14 games, good (at the start of today) for second place in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference. The Kings have games in hand over quite a few teams, but given that they have already played eight road games, that’s impressive, by any measure.

At this point, I’m grading the team a B, with offense being the (very surprising) strong point, the defense being solid, the goaltending being adequate and the special teams being subpar. Keep in mind, I’m judging the Kings on a high scale, against the best of the best.

The goaltending part of this is the most subjective, as always. I just don’t see the same “swagger” in Jonathan Quick’s game that I saw last season. That’s an intangible, but it’s an important one. How many times, last season, did players/coaches mention — often without being prompted — their confidence in Quick, that he would make the stops? And how many times — if at all? — have you heard similar talk this year? Quick hasn’t been helped by a surprisingly weak penalty-kill unit, but it seems he could stand to get a little of last year’s killer instinct back. Other than that, it’s hard to argue with what the Kings have accomplished, so far.

What are your thoughts, one month into the season?

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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.