Player evaluation: Bernier - LA Kings Insider

For those not familiar with my previous work on the Daily News blog, the “player evaluations” are a usual end-of-season feature, in which I’ll give a brief rundown of each player’s season, from my perspective, and then open it up to everyone to comment and “grade” that player’s season. We’ll take all of the players who appeared in at least one game with the Kings this season, and we’ll do a few per day until all have been discussed. It’s alphabetical order, but it’s almost fitting, in a way, that we would start here…

This season: 3 games, 3-0-0 record, 1.30 goals-against average, .957 save percentage.
The good: Well, a lot. Twice, the Kings called up Bernier for a road game and he flew in from the East Coast the night before the game. The results? He beat Dallas 2-1 in a shootout and beat Nashville 2-0. Then, two nights later, he helped the Kings record their only regular-season win over the Canucks in an 8-3 romp. Bernier looked poised and confident, and in the AHL, where he spent most of the season, he was named Goalie of the Year and has the Monarchs on a playoff run.
The bad: Bad? Bernier started three games and won all of them. Even in the game in which he allowed three goals, he shutout the Canucks for the first 32 minutes and didn’t give up a goal until the Kings led 5-0.
Going forward: It’s about to get very, very interesting. Terry Murray made a point of saying, two days after the end of the season, that Jonathan Quick is his No. 1 goalie, but if Bernier looks as strong, in training camp and preseason, as he did this season, the Kings are going to have a very difficult, but good, situation on their hands. It’s all up to Bernier at this point. His play will dictate how closely the Kings have to evaluate their goalie situation next 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.