Stevens on Washington, Iafallo, Amadio, lineups - LA Kings Insider

On how much more dangerous Washington could be on Thursday after losing to Anaheim:
Well, I think they’re a good hockey team, regardless. I think there’s a lot of elements in their game you have to be aware of, and I think the second game of a trip, teams are probably a little more acclimated to the travel out here. I think either way, they’d probably be a better team in game two than they would in game one, but certainly they’ll be a better team than they were, especially early in the game last night. But they’ve got some high, high-end players that are very dangerous on special teams, they actually forecheck very well, so we know what they’re capable of and we have to be ready for their best game.

On whether he’s noticed improvements in Alex Iafallo’s more skilled assets in practices and games:
His puck skills have been something I think have been present since the day he got here. I think it’s just a lack of time and space and dealing with the pressure that’s present this time of the year, and the games are so tight, I think that’s what we’re looking for from him. But we’ve talked to him all year long about bearing down in practice, trying to score in practice. If you don’t score in practice, you’re probably not going to score in a game. He’s got good practice habits, he works hard in practice, he’s been really working on parts of his game to try and get better, and he’s well into his first rookie campaign. He’s got a lot of experience. He knows the league now, knows the schedule, knows what to expect, so he’s a young guy we’ll be counting on down the stretch. [Reporter: At this point, is he no longer a rookie when he’s this far into the season?] Well, you are. You always talk to the guys, if the season ended today, and we had to move on and start next year, they wouldn’t be rookies anymore because of the amount of games they played. This time of the year is something they haven’t experienced yet. The intensity of the game goes up. Every game becomes more important. The crowds are more into it, the pace and the level of play is the highest it’s going to be at any point during the year, and I think that’s something you have to go through and experience to really understand it.

On Michael Amadio’s strengths, and where he could continue to improve:
The biggest area of improvement is his consistency as a young player and compete level, probably, in his puck battles, but I think he understands the game really well. I think he’s got a high level of hockey intelligence, and he’s probably more responsible without the puck than I knew. I just didn’t know him that well. I think sometimes you’ve got an offensive player, and you’re not sure about that part of his game. I think he is a responsible player without the puck, but I think the one area that we really like in his game, he’s got a lot of composure. He’ll take a puck in small spaces and hang onto it. He’s got a low-panic threshold that allows him to make plays in tight spaces. With that part of his game, I think there are elements to his game that you can’t teach. I think there’s some high-end hockey sense in there that I think is a gift, and we’d like to see him become a more consistent player on a shift-in, shift-out, night-in, night-out basis. That’s true with any young player, though.

On whether he prefers to tighten up his lineup or rotate players in and out at this time of the year:
It’s about winning the games right now, and I think the rhythm’s fine when everybody’s playing on the absolute top of their game, but if there’s anybody falling off and you have guys that are practicing well and think they can help you, it maybe gives you a different look in your lineup. You’re going to consider everything based on how your team’s playing, who you’re playing against. It just all depends. But we look at each game as it comes. It’s not about for anything else, it’s about trying to get the best lineup inserted that can help you win a hockey game.

-One quote on Dion Phaneuf withheld for today’s practice report
-Lead photo via Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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.