February 13 practice notes; Quick practices - LA Kings Insider

The Kings skated at the Prudential Center practice rink on Saturday – their first session on that ice sheet since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final – and aligned as such:

Red: Lucic-Kopitar-Brown
Blue: Pearson-Carter-Toffoli
Yellow: King-Lecavalier-Lewis
Purple: Clifford-Andreoff-Shore-Nolan

-Jonathan Quick took part in the full practice and gave encouraging updates to reporters afterwards. Saying he felt “good,” he also offered appreciation towards Peter Budaj’s ability to step in and earn a win for the team. “He made some huge saves there down the stretch and into overtime,” Quick said. “Obviously what he’s been able to do in Ontario, the season he’s having, being an All-Star, he’s playing some good hockey. We needed a win yesterday, and he was able to help us get that.”

Quick looked sharp in practice, and whether he was eased in, it was hard to tell. After facing shots shortly after taking the ice, he manned one of the nets during drills and remained on for the full skate. The team is still assessing where he’s at day-by-day – he said he felt “good” – and there were no firm indications on who tomorrow’s starter (or back-up) will be. All three goalies skated.


-We also spoke with Budaj today, and I’ll share some of his thoughts during tomorrow’s radio broadcast. On his noted composure, he said, “It comes with age, I think, and with experience, too. I think that the more experience you have, the more understanding of the game you have, and it’s something you grow as a person. You know, your young guys that are more anxious, [and] when you get older, you get more calm, more understanding. Obviously you try very hard to improve yourself, but you know that there’s a certain way. When you’re younger, you try to just go, go , go, go, go without thinking. Now you have to think more and be more composed and just focus on the next puck. When you let in a goal, don’t try to think about the outcome of the game. It doesn’t matter. If you’re leading or you’re losing, that’s irrelevant. What’s relevant is what’s going on on the ice and the next puck.”

-I’ll have a new story up shortly, but as expected, Marian Gaborik has been placed on injured reserve.



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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.