Watson, Moverare fall in OHL final; Wagner, Pats need two wins - LA Kings Insider

It didn’t end the way a pair of Kings prospects would’ve wanted it to, but who doesn’t love watching a championship-clinching overtime goal?

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That was Tampa Bay Lightning third rounder Anthony Cirelli scoring at the 2:41 mark of overtime, leading the Erie Otters to a 4-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads and a four games-to-one series triumph that brought the J. Ross Robertson cup to Western Pennsylvania for the first time since 2002. Taylor Raddysh completed his hat trick at 18:45 of the third period to force overtime, setting the stage for Cirelli’s golden goal. Spencer Watson (7th round / 2014), who was likely Ontario-bound before undergoing wrist surgery last off-season that erased the first half of his 2016-17 campaign, registered a goal and an assist and took 11 of the Steelheads’ 26 shots, while Jacob Moverare finished a plus-one in the defeat.

The loss does not detract from a tremendous run by Watson, who amassed 15 goals, 25 points and a plus-16 rating in 20 playoff games. Moverare, who will be eligible to return to Mississauga as a 19-year-old next season, totaled two goals, seven points and a plus-15 rating in 20 playoff games. Congratulations to former Los Angeles prospect Erik Cernak, who posted one goal, nine points and a plus-17 rating in Erie’s 22-game playoff run. The Otters will join the QMJHL champion St. John Sea Dogs and host Windsor Spitfires in the 2017 Memorial Cup, which is still waiting for one more entry. Speaking of which…

Austin Wagner’s 15th goal of the playoffs wasn’t enough for the Regina Pats, who lost 7-4 to the Seattle Thunderbirds in Kent, Washington Friday night, and fell behind three games-to-two in the WHL Championship that left the T-Birds one win away from their first title. Should they win one of the final two potential games, scheduled for Sunday and Monday* in Regina, it would mark the first time since 1998 (Portland/Spokane) that two American clubs participated. Only eight of the 60 CHL clubs (Erie, Saginaw, Flint, Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Everett, Tri-City) are U.S.-based following the recent relocation of the Plymouth Whalers and the disbanding of the Lewiston MAINEiacs. That 1998 Memorial Cup, hosted by Spokane, was the last time the tournament was held in an American market. This is due mainly to the challenges of attracting Canadian corporate sponsors in the United States.

Sunday’s game in Regina will be held at 5:00 p.m. PT. In 21 games, Wagner has 15 goals – tied for the WHL playoff lead – along with 20 points and a plus-14 rating.

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.