Putting the Kids to Bed: September 9 - LA Kings Insider

Photos courtesy of Jon Bradley. You can view his Rookie Game gallery here.

-Following Saturday’s game in which players such as Linden Vey, Tanner Pearson and Jordan Weal stood out for their offensive maneuvering, it was the two-way efforts of players such as Nick Shore, Scott Sabourin and Robbie Czarnik that stood out and lifted the Kings rookies to a 3-2 victory over their Anaheim counterparts. Los Angeles was perfect on the penalty kill for the second consecutive game courtesy of Shore’s multifaceted efforts, and during long stretches he was the most involved Kings skater through the entire 200 feet of ice. Czarnik was relentless in his puck pursuit and helped win battles that advanced the play into the Ducks’ end, while Sabourin dished out several hits, fought, and provided an excellent screen on Alex Roach’s power play blast from the left point that gave L.A. a 1-0 lead. The game was a more physical affair than Saturday’s game at the Honda Center and involved a healthy dose of post-whistle scrums and jawing.

-Colin Miller was an interesting player to watch earlier this summer during Development Camp, and I thought he was a standout puck mover for the second consecutive game. He turned on his jets for an end-to-end second period rush and continued to show off his advanced skating ability along with a heavy shot from the point and ability to shoot off the pass. This is a player who was a camp invite in 2011, was drafted in 2012, broke through with a point-a-game effort as the Soo Greyhounds’ captain in 2012-13 and was impressive at both Development Camp and Rookie Camp, which shows that he’s a coachable player who continues to improve. It will be interesting if his overall skill package – which was that of a skilled, puck-advancing defenseman in junior hockey – will translate to the professional level.

-Kings goaltenders combined to allow three goals over the two games, thanks in large part to the exemplary play by Patrik Bartosak, Mathias Niederberger and J.F. Berube. Los Angeles came out sluggish for the second straight game, and key saves by Bartosak early – much like Berube on Saturday – allowed the team to capitalize on an early power play opportunity when Roach scored on his point blast on what appeared to be a set play off the faceoff win.

-These rookie games are exhibitions designed to utilize instruction and coaching in a competitive environment, but it’s impressive that the Los Angeles came away with a pair of wins against a talented Anaheim prospect pool. Though the Kings didn’t dress several advanced skaters in Linden Vey, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, they still came away with a win against a Ducks team that featured Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly – two players with a combined 94 games of NHL experience – in addition to first round draft picks Rickard Rakell, Stefan Noesen, Hampus Lindholm and Shea Theodore and second rounder John Gibson, who backed the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships. That L.A. outscored Anaheim 9-3 in the two games is an encouraging indication that the players have been incubated well within the Kings systems and were able to successfully implement their teachings in game settings. This reflects well on the team’s player development department and Manchester Monarchs coaches Mark Morris and Freddy Meyer.

Anaheim’s recap, courtesy of Adam Brady


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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.