December 1 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from El Segundo! The Kings began to trickle onto the ice before 9:50 a.m. and concluded the skate with a center ice stretch at 10:06 a.m., which represented one of the shorter morning skate in the history of morning skates. There was still enough time for line rushes, though!



-Derek Forbort and Jordan Weal skated as extras and remained on the ice for work with Jhonas Enroth, so they’re unlikely to return to the lineup. Jonathan Quick left the ice first, wrapping up a neat little bow on a morning skate that didn’t exactly provide a Keyser Söze-level of surprise.

-Several of us this morning spoke with Christian Ehrhoff, whose performance against Chicago punctuated an upward trend in his recent play. Expect a story later today on a player who has been trending well. “I have to make some adjustments from the way I played before to what is expected of me here,” he said. “I think it’s taken some time, but it’s getting to a point where it’s getting a lot better.” Also learned from the chat: Ehrhoff is a Borussia Dortmund fan.

-The morning skate ended so soon that it’s still a bit early to gather reports from Vancouver’s morning skate (not that an extensive one is expected after the Orcas were sighted in Anaheim last night). The word following the Canucks’ loss to the Ducks was that Jacob Markstrom would be the most likely to start against the Kings, and that Jake Virtanen, who took a big hit from Ryan Getzlaf, isn’t likely to play (though his ailment isn’t expected to be serious).

A preview of this week’s Black and White episode:

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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.