February 26 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from #gundo. Let’s get down to brass tacks.

-Andrej Sekera did not make it to today’s morning skate. Evidenced by this photo tweeted out by @NHLonNBC, weather played a factor in getting the newest defenseman into town.

-Sekera’s former Sabres teammates Robyn Regehr and Brayden McNabb, and his Slovakia national teammate Marian Gaborik all spoke on behalf of the puck mover, and a story will be out later today. Gaborik said that Sekera will live with him for the time being, while Regehr said that Sekera’s nickname is “Reg,” or perhaps more accurately, “Rej.” Those who fondly recall two different Willies – err, “Willie” and “Stick” – and the Richie/Rick days will rejoice at yet another overlapping tandem of Kings nicknames.

-Other than Sekera drawing in, don’t expect changes to the Kings’ lineup. There were no alterations to forward lines, and Derek Forbort and Andy Andreoff stayed on the ice for extra work with Martin Jones, so they’re likely out. Jonathan Quick left the ice first at the morning skate, so he’s likely to draw his 16th consecutive start tonight against the Senators (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West). We’ll see if Darryl Sutter informs us of which defenseman will drop out of the lineup to accommodate Sekera’s presence.

-I’ll join friend of the blog Steve Lloyd on TSN 1200 Ottawa at 2:05 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss the trade and to preview tonight’s game against the Senators. Click here to tune in. Ottawa isn’t holding a morning skate today, so at this point it’s not clear whether the Kings will draw Bowling Green alum Andrew Hammond (3-0-0 / 1.50 / .948) or former Tri City American / Calgary Hitman Chris Driedger (no NHL stats). Even though Hammond played last night in Anaheim (and posted a shutout), this blogger’s money is on him over the goalie who is yet to make his NHL debut. Sens reading, courtesy of the Ottawa Sun: Patrick Wiercioch could be traded, and the Senators took a trip to Beverly Hills. There’s some interesting analysis of the Kings and Ducks from Senators coach Dave Cameron in the second story.

UPDATE, 11:30 a.m. The Sens are holding an optional morning skate, and Craig Anderson and Chris Driedger are the goalies on the ice. As noted earlier this week, Anderson is currently on IR but traveled with the team. There is he possibility he could be activated for tonight’s game.

-There’s still more to come from Dean Lombardi today. Enjoy a busy day on the blog.

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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.