Looking all right on left - LA Kings Insider

Alexei Ponikarovsky’s return to the third line means that the Kings will keep their top six forwards intact. Therefore, Dustin Brown will remain a left winger for now. Brown, a natural right winger, has played the last four games on the left side. He has yet to score a goal there, but does have two assists — including the set-up on Anze Kopitar’s overtime goal Saturday — and has totaled 11 shots on goal in those four games. Still, Terry Murray paused for a moment when asked today if he felt comfortable staying with Brown on the left side in the long term…

MURRAY: “You’ve got me there. I know I said, several times last year, that he’s a right winger and that’s where I want him to play. I’m comfortable with it because he’s comfortable with it. We sat down and talked about it in my office, and he has no reluctance, whatsoever, to move over there. He played there before I got here, on the left side, and through the Olympics, and had a very successful Olympics as a left winger. Then you see the kind of play that he’s able to make off that side, in the winning goal in overtime (against Detroit). That’s the great advantage. You’re on your power side, you’re shooting the pucks, you’re making plays, you open up and see the ice very well. So it’s great to have a player who can play on your top lines and play on either side, obviously. It’s a luxury. That’s maybe the way I’m starting to look at it.”

It was suggested to Murray that Brown’s apparent on-ice comfort level on the left side might make things easier…

MURRAY: “He does look very comfortable. In fact, as you watch the game, when he’s playing as a right winger, often the attack, off the counter, off the breakout, he does end up on that left side. There is that tendency, that comfort he has in his game, and it’s very hard to change that sometimes. Even though you do bring awareness to it, those instincts bring him there for offensive reasons.”

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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.