Ferbruary 27 morning skate notes; Forbort assigned - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from Anaheim, where the Kings have finished speaking with reporters following their morning skate at the Honda Center. Several notes in advance of tonight’s game against the Ducks (7:00 p.m. / KCOP-13):

-Derek Forbort has been assigned to AHL-Manchester. Forbort did not get into any games with the Kings, having served as an insurance defenseman following the injury to Alec Martinez on February 7. This follows a pair of defense-oriented moves over the last two days after the Kings acquired Andrej Sekera from Carolina and placed Martinez on injured reserve. As it stands, the club now has seven active defensemen: Greene, McNabb, McBain, Muzzin, Sekera, Doughty and Regehr.

-It’s unclear who will draw out of the lineup to accommodate Sekera, but I’m leaning on it being Jamie McBain, who hasn’t eclipsed the 13-minute mark over the last eight games and occupies a spot Sekera can play in. McBain plays on the right side, and Sekera, a left-shooting defenseman capable of playing on both the left and the right sides, could be an asset to spell some of the minutes absorbed by right defenseman Drew Doughty. Sekera played occasionally with Robyn Regehr while with Buffalo. “That year we were rotating everybody everywhere, so it was kind of weird,” he said. “We played together for a little bit of a long time down there.” I’ll have more from Sekera later this afternoon, as well as a conversation with John Stevens on acclimating a new player into the lineup. “One thing we started with [Sekera] last night was just having him sit with the guys who weren’t playing, with Andy and Tanner, and not just watch the game, but hopefully talk through some of the zones and what to expect in terms of team play,” Stevens said. Darryl Sutter didn’t speak with reporters this morning.

-Martin Jones left the ice first at the morning skate and is expected to draw the start in net against the Ducks. Jonathan Quick’s string of consecutive starts is likely to end at a career-long 16 games.

The best goalie Sutter has ever seen will draw the start against Los Angeles:

-Grainy Andrej Sekera photo enthusiasts, today is your day:


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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.