Kopitar to play for `Team Lidstrom' - LA Kings Insider

Anze Kopitar will play for “Team Lidstrom” in Sunday’s All-Star Game. Kopitar was selected in the 15th round of the “fantasy draft” tonight, and was the 14th forward selected out of the 20 who were drafted. All goalies had to be selected by the end of the 10th round, and all defensemen had to be selected by the end of the 15th round. Eric Staal had the first pick, and here’s how the draft went…

Mike Green (A) — D
Ryan Kesler (A) — F
1. Cam Ward — G
2. Alexander Ovechkin — F
3. Daniel Sedin — F
4. Zdeno Chara — D
5. Rick Nash — F
6. Henrik Lundqvist — G
7. Marc Staal — D
8. Patrick Sharp — F
9. Dan Boyle — D
10. Carey Price — G
11. Jeff Skinner — F
12. Kris Letang — D
13. Claude Giroux — F
14. Erik Karlsson — D
15. Corey Perry — F
16. Patrick Elias — F
17. David Backes — F
18. Paul Stastny — F

Patrick Kane (A) — F
Martin St. Louis (A) — F
1. Steven Stamkos — F
2. Duncan Keith — D
3. Henrik Sedin — F
4. Shea Weber — D
5. Tim Thomas — G
6. Daniel Briere — F
7. Dustin Byfuglien — D
8. Jonathan Toews — F
9. Marc-Andre Fleury — G
10. Jonas Hiller — G
11. Brad Richards — F
12. Keith Yandle — D
13. Brent Burns — D
14. Martin Havlat — F
15. Anze Kopitar — F
16. Matt Duchene — F
17. Loui Eriksson — F
18. Phil Kessel — F

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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.