September 26 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Toyota Sports Center, where the Kings have been color coordinated in five-man groups:

Grey: Lucic-Kopitar-Gaborik-Schultz-Ehrhoff
Purple: Pearson-Carter-Toffoli-Martinez-Greene
White: King-Shore-Brown-Muzzin-Doughty
Black: Clifford-Andreoff-Lewis-O’Neill-McNabb-McBain
Red: Mersch-Weal-Nolan-Forbort-LoVerde
Goalies: Quick, Enroth, Budaj, Berube



-I’m led to believe, without yet having spoken with hockey operations or the coaching staff yet, that the players above will be those traveling to Denver later today. Also, cuts are expected to be announced at 2:00 p.m. From my understanding, there’s not expected to be a second on-ice session, so this round of cuts could very well be substantial and should be comprised of the glut of the players vying for spots with AHL-Ontario this season.

-In the practice, we’ve seen battle drills, some of those five-on-zero drills that the goalies seem to love, odd-man rushes, five-on-five and four-on-four drills, line rushes and breakout work. In other words, it’s a fairly comprehensive and typical preseason practice.

-Jonathan Quick left the ice 40 minutes into practice, but he played 40 minutes last night, so there shouldn’t be any concern. Should there be any surprises, I’ll share them. No surprises are expected – Quick wasn’t limping or favoring anything, and Chris Kingsley didn’t follow Quick into the dressing room.


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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.