Practice notes, Shore "protocol," Sutter quotes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from the taxiway at Denver International Airport, where we’re expecting a two-hour and 13-minute flight up to Kelowna before we bus up to Vernon, B.C. I’m planning on writing a story on Brayden McNabb and his summer work with a skating coach, and should have some updates from a league function in Lumby, B.C., the city whose Pat Duke Memorial Arena will benefit from the Kraft Hockeyville grant.

First, a few bullet points from practice:

-Nick Shore, who didn’t return to last night’s preseason loss to Colorado after he “fell awkwardly,” according to a hockey operations source, has returned to Los Angeles to continue evaluation. In speaking with Darryl Sutter after practice, the dreaded term “protocol” was used to describe the evaluation process, so Shore may have experienced a potential head injury. Needless to say, he won’t play in either split-squad game tomorrow.

-In Shore’s absence, it’s would appear as though either Patrick Bjorkstrand or Paul Bissonnette would draw into the lineup. I’ll share the morning skate lines early Sunday morning from Vernon.

-As for the group that remained in Southern California, it’s possible, though not a certainty, that Jonathan Quick could see some time in net against Anaheim. Whether he plays tomorrow will be Quick’s call. Sutter explains this below.

Via Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, Jonathan Bernier is expected to start in net for Anaheim at Honda Center tomorrow.

Darryl Sutter, on communicating with coaches and staff with the group in L.A.:
Just review the game last night with the coaches. We’re able to send it to them through the house feed that we get, so they watched it this morning just to review it and have their own opinions on individuals, practice plans. We know what we’re doing. [Reporter: So no real cramp on anything?] Well, it’s a real cramp, quite honest, because you’re not seeing half the guys, which is not the ideal way of doing it halfway through training camp.

Sutter, on Brayden McNabb:
We’re counting on Brady to really step his game up. It’s no different than when we talk about guys who’ve got to produce more offensively. We’re counting on Brayden to be a much better defender and a much better puckmover this year, and because we think he’s capable of doing that, and he wants to do it, and he’s a good competitor – all of those things. So it’s the time in this stage of his career to take that next step.

Sutter, on whether Jonathan Quick might see some time against Anaheim on Sunday:
It’s sort of his call on tomorrow. That’ll be the coaches’ call in Vegas, but tomorrow’s more Jonathan’s call.

Sutter, on the schedule of players returning from the World Cup:
They’ll come back, we’ll talk to them on Monday and we’ll go from there. Quite honest, I don’t see Drew playing anymore, and we’ll see if Kopi – the only reason I’d want to play him a game is because we don’t know who the hell we’re playing with him yet, and it’d be good for him to see that and be able to play with him, and obviously Muzz hasn’t played much, and he’s going to have to play a couple games.

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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


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.