The view from Edmonton - LA Kings Insider

-Here’s a great place to start. It’s the Oilers’ website, which might be the best one in the entire NHL. Chris Wescott has the game story, the live game blog, and links to photo galleries, Kings video, audio highlights and more. It’s also really cool that the Oilers display their line combinations both on their live blog, and on its own page on the team site.

-The great Jim Matheson, a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee as an Elmer Fegurson Memorial Award winner – he received the award in the same decade it was presented to Helene Elliott of the LA Times – has a great read. He caught up with Rob Blake after the Kings’ morning skate on Sunday and spoke with L.A.’s assistant general manager about his former role with the Department of Player Safety.

Shanahan, Blake, another former NHLer Stephane Matteau and others like Kris King, spent countless hours watching film of sundry bad deeds, most of them wallops to the head. They’re told to be tough on crime by the league’s GMs, until it’s one of their guys.

“We’re told in the summer to come down hard, then you act on a guy who’s had three suspensions before and his GM says ‘what are you doing? He didn’t do anything wrong,’ ” Blake said with a laugh. “The rules are there, but if it’s their team …”

Edmonton Journal: Hockey World: Cracking down on NHL head hits ‘not an easy job’

Also from the Edmonton Journal:
Jim Matheson: Last-minute call-up goalie Richard Bachman shines for Edmonton Oilers in shootout loss to L.A. Kings
Jim Matheson: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins looks like he avoided serious injury
Jason Gregor: When will enough Edmonton Oilers futility be enough?
-Note that you receive five free articles from the Journal per month, so you might want to avoid the Real Estate Classifieds page.

-Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun has a game story that includes game grades.
Edmonton Oilers lose shootout to Los Angeles Kings

-Copper & Blue recaps the game and has a special links section devoted to Corsi and other possession-based metrics.
OilFanInYYC: Oilers Lose Shootout To Kings, Spoil Bachman’s Gem

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.