October 15 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Toyota Sports Center, where the Kings took part in a lengthy practice a day before their scheduled off-day. Per the new CBA, which isn’t really “new” anymore, there are a certain number of mandated travel-free off-days that the players (and, once in a while, by extension, reporters) receive each month. Woohoo, players! Some fine negotiating, that.

The Kings aligned in the following forward groups at practice:


-The defensive pairs rotated steadily during the assortment of drills, so it wasn’t really possible to get a firm read of how they could align Monday morning when the team reconvenes for a 10:00 a.m. practice in advance of the flight to Minnesota.

-Please stop @’ing me about your disdain for the lines. The Kings were without Marian Gaborik and Tanner Pearson, and there were already questions about forward depth heading into the season. They aren’t going to be able to ice the hockey equivalent of the 1995 Cleveland Indians.

-As for the practice, there was work on transition, in-zone work, and the goalie-slaughtering three-on-zero rushes that the team will roll through a few times a year to foster burying the puck. When it was over, they got a pretty healthy bag skate. Darryl will speak to this in his quotes, but such skates aren’t punitive. With a day off Sunday, the team needed to end practice with an aerobic drill that reinforces the work they had already put forth.

-For those reading the reports that Jonathan Quick will miss “three or four months,” while that time frame may ultimately be accurate, no decision has yet been made on how to proceed with Quick, or whether surgery would be needed. Once he has met will all his doctors, and the team and Quick choose how they plan on proceeding, then the actual recovery timeline will emerge.

-Coming soon: Darryl Sutter quotes. There were some interesting things he shared on the 1967-68 team and how he plans practices. Thank you for checking in on a Saturday, 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


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.