December 21 practice notes: Brown says he's ready - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon, Insiders. I’m going to keep this (kind of) brief, not because Nashville is calling, but because I spoke with Anze Kopitar, Darryl had a lot of interesting things to say, and you’re probably interested in both of those things.

The essentials:

-It was an optional practice. All coaches and both goaltenders took the ice, as did Kyle Clifford, Dustin Brown and Brayden McNabb. Brown should be the first to return to game action and told LA Kings Insider that he’s ready to play tomorrow against the Predators. McNabb is on the verge of a return but, as noted previously, is almost certainly going to be held out until after the Christmas break. His return could be announced shortly after the roster freeze is lifted the morning of December 28, when the Kings will be preparing for a game in Vancouver. A better sense of whether McNabb could play during that road trip will be hinted at during the practice on the 27th, so let’s cross that bridge when we get there. Kyle Clifford isn’t as likely as Brown to play against Nashville tomorrow night but isn’t a ways off.

-If Derek Forbort played a assertive, controlled game on Tuesday, that was news to, well, Derek Forbort. “I mean, I didn’t think I was very good down low,” he said. “I think I need to get better at that.” It’s interesting to hear the 24-year-old looking inward to critique his performance, even if he was being a bit tough on himself. “I took a penalty there, got my stick in there and I’ve just got to do a better job of getting two hands on my stick in those battles and not letting the guy get behind position on me like that, but I felt all right on my puck movement. Other then that, just got to get back to being better down low.” I’ll have more on the PK later, but a graph from Sean Tierney shows that Forbort and Drew Doughty have been an effective penalty killing pair. Having killed off 19 in a row, Los Angeles’ PK has crept up to eighth in the league.

From Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts: 7. The Predators didn’t put P.K. Subban on injured reserve and hope to have him back Thursday against Los Angeles. That’s great news considering there was a rumour going around that he had a herniated disc.

-Brayden McNabb was a roommate of Craig Cunningham’s in Kelowna in 2009 when a WHL team faced Russia as part of the Canada-Russia Super Series, a late fall exhibition that aids in evaluation for the World Junior Championship. Like so many people who had played with, coached or had simply gotten to know the Tucson Roadrunners captain who went into cardiac arrest prior to his November 19 game, he had good memories of his former roomie. Thankfully – and perhaps miraculously – Cunningham is on the road to recovery after undergoing several stages of medical treatment that had very rarely been performed previously. This Arizona Daily Star article beautifully shares the critical stages of Cunningham’s medical procedures, and how a group of doctors literally helped keep him alive when he was very close to dying.

-I’m saving all of the quotes I have from Darryl Sutter and Anze Kopitar for stories later today. Darryl’s quotes should be up in 30-45. 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


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.