From one Ontario to the next - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings prospect and New Jersey native Nick Ebert is getting his first taste of professional hockey with the Ontario Reign after his ECHL call-up earlier this week. The 18-year-old, selected with the last overall pick (seventh round / 211th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, recently concluded his third season with the Windsor Spitfires, who failed to make the Ontario Hockey League playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Junior hockey is highly cyclical and even Windsor, a team that emerged as an OHL powerhouse with a pair of league championships and Memorial Cups in 2009 and 2010 and produced players such as Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique and Cam Fowler, was forced to rebuild with a younger roster in 2012-13. After averaging 40 points and finishing as a minus-2 in each of his first two junior seasons, Ebert logged heavy minutes as part of a very young Spitfires blue line and finished with 11 goals, 38 points and a minus-39 rating as he regularly drew difficult assignments.

The youngest Ontario skater by four years, Ebert made his debut in a 3-0 road loss to Idaho last night, taking two shots and finishing with a minus-one rating. As the Manchester Monarchs have summoned a pair of defensemen from Ontario in Vincent LoVerde and Chris Huxley, Ebert should be given minutes to further his development in Los Angeles’ system as the Reign will look to build on a Pacific Division title with a long playoff run. After the season concludes, he’ll return to the Spitfires as a 19-year-old OHL veteran in September.

Former King Warren Rychel is Windsor’s general manager, and while discussing the 1992-93 Kings as part of our First Taste series, I asked him about Ebert’s OHL development.

Warren Rychel on Nick Ebert:
“I think Mike Futa did a great job of picking Nick in the seventh round. He was highly touted, and in his last year he struggled a bit, but he’s spent three years in Windsor for us. He’s a two-way defenseman for all those fans who are wondering what kind of player he is. Two way defenseman, strong on his feet, originally from New Jersey. [Windsor head coach] Bob Boughner’s working with him very diligently, and he’s got a chance to be a good pro. [He’s got] one more year of eligibility remaining, and we look to try to win a championship next year. Nick will be a big part of it. I think he’ll be a good pro with some learning and some seasoning, probably in Manchester, but a real good kid and I think he’s got a chance to be a pro.”

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
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.