September 29 practice notes; who travels to Denver, Vernon? - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Toyota Sports Center, where I’ll share a few practice notes and some Darryl Sutter quotes before taking off for Denver. The Kings travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche at Pepsi Center tomorrow before heading up to Vernon, B.C. for a Kraft Hockeyville preseason game at Kal Tire Place on Sunday. That same Sunday, a split-squad team will also face the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.

A few bits:

-Darryl Sutter indicated that the decision on whether the team will keep seven or eight defensemen will come into focus next week, once the full contingent of players is available. (Teams may keep up to 23 players on the active roster.) Theoretically there may be a slight trimming of the roster with junior leagues in session, but I’m not anticipating any major cuts until after Sunday’s split-squad games.

-I’ll have a story later today about Brett Sutter playing for Darryl Sutter; according to Brett, it was the first time his father had coached him in a game since he was in fourth grade.

-I’ll also have a story up (likely tomorrow) about Tanner Pearson and what’s expected out of him this coming season, which will be a contract year for the young winger.

-The two practice groups were split into a group that will fly to Denver and Vernon, and one that will benefit from light traffic on a Sunday to travel down to Anaheim. As always, groups are subject to change, and one of the goalies in the later group may actually be traveling today, but I caught these names with their respective groups:

Denver / Vernon Group
Campbell, Zatkoff, Flinn, LaDue, McNabb, Gilbert, Greene, Gravel, Cernak, Reddekopp, Forbort, Carter, Lewis, Purcell, Shore, Dowd, Mersch, Clifford, King, Toffoli, Pearson, Crescenzi, Bissonnette, Brodzinski, Wagner, Bjorkstrand

Anaheim Group
Budaj, McCollum, Quick, Sharipzianov, MacDermid, Scuderi, Lintuniemi, LoVerde, Trotman, Martinez, Lessio, Hensick, Amadio, Gutierrez, Lowry, Herr, Auger, Brown, Kempe, Setoguchi, Sutter, Andreoff, Backman, Nolan, Latta

Again, bear with some faulty eyes – they just move so fast! Also, just because a particular player is listed in a particular group doesn’t mean that he will actually play in the designated game(s).

-Darryl Sutter quotes will follow from the plane. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.

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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


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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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