Odds & ends: Moving players for picks, miles traveled - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Buffalo, where the Kings contingent has reconvened after a brief lunch in advance of the first night of the NHL Draft.

Earlier today I spoke with Dean Lombardi, who expressed doubt that the Kings would trade an entrenched roster player for draft picks. (Keep in mind Los Angeles has four selections in this year’s draft and will be looking to add to that number, if such an opportunity arises.) This is due, in part, to the team and Milan Lucic not being able to come to an agreement, which decreases flexibility in personnel movement. If a current roster player is traded, it would be for another player, and most likely a defenseman who could play on the right side.

Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported two days ago that the Kings have inquired about Christian Folin. He fits the bill of what Los Angeles is looking for, so this isn’t a huge surprise. If there is a young, right-shot defenseman who carries a palatable cap hit – Folin’s is $725K – Los Angeles has also almost certainly inquired about him. I also asked whether the Kings are interested in Buffalo’s Mark Pysyk, and the response that I received from a source was that the team was interested, but there weren’t any real discussions over a defenseman who has strong advanced metrics but would necessitate a higher return going the other way than Folin. I’ve had the sense that the team has looked at Pysyk in the past, but the price tag for the 23rd overall pick in 2010 might be higher than what the team would be comfortable surrendering.

So there’s that. The team is generally active at the draft – last year’s trade for Lucic was consummated shortly before the first night of the draft began – but I’m not anticipating anything major in the cards tonight.


Fellow Wolverine Dirk Hoag, formerly of Predators blog On The Forecheck, recently released his annual chart of miles traveled by NHL team. The Kings will travel 45,742 miles this coming season, the sixth most in the league. The top six teams in miles traveled are all Pacific Division teams, led by Edmonton’s whopping 49,272. Hopefully that’s a comfortable charter. The team that will travel the fewest miles this year is the New York Islanders, who clock in at 32,425. Los Angeles’ 16 back-to-backs are tied with eight other teams for the sixth most in hockey; Buffalo and Columbus lead in back-to-back sets with 19, followed by New Jersey, Toronto and Philadelphia with 18.

Lots more to come from Buffalo, Insiders. Enjoy your Friday evening. A running live blog will begin upon arrival at the First Niagara Center.

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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.