Joseph on Jimmy Kimmel Live; Kubalik re-ups in NLA; Anderson to USA camp - LA Kings Insider

Happy belated Flag Day, Insiders. Yesterday, LA Kings Public Address Annoucer Dave Joseph joined Jimmy Kimmel Live to welcome a batch of brand new United States citizens the country. These six new citizens, previously hailing from Rwanda, Iran, Mexico, India, Philippines and Crimea, had recently taken their Oath of Allegiance before joining Kimmel and Joseph on stage, where they were promptly greeted with the most American goody bag, one that contained a beer helmet, illegal Chinese fireworks and truck nuts.

A stick tap to Joseph for nailing the pronunciation of Parthapratim Chakraborty, a blockchain CEO and New York Islanders third line center.

Some prospect notes:

-Dominik Kubalik has re-upped with HC Ambri-Piotta:

Via the team’s release, there appears to be an NHL out clause. Via the always fun Google Translate:

At the same time the club announces that the 22-year-old Czech striker Dominik Kubalik, back from a world championship starring as a protagonist and finished by the top scorer of his national team, will remain in Ambrì also the 2018/2019 season. The club and the player have reached an agreement that provides for the waiver of the NHL exit clause by the attacker for the next season in exchange for the company’s waiver of the penalty provided in case of a possible departure at the end of the next season.

This isn’t really anything that should make you raise more than an eyebrow as of now. The team had Kubalik fairly high in a reserve listing shared at last year’s State of the Franchise meeting, but I’m yet to see much of any indication that the forward who turns 23 in August has fully committed to the organization or to playing hockey in North America again. Drafted in the seventh round in 2013 out of OHL-Sudbury, Kubalik has emerged as an intriguing young scorer in the Czech and Swiss leagues, and last season split time between Ambri and CZE-Plzen, where he was on loan, totaling 26 goals and 51 points in 45 games. He also added two goals for the Czech Republic at the Olympics, and led the Czech team with eight points (3-5=8) at the World Championship. That sounds very interesting, but having watched him against higher competition at the Olympics, and having followed his career, it’s still not quite clear what the Kings have there. I didn’t notice a ton of touches other than when he scored in PyeongChang, but given some impressive scoring rates in Europe, he’s absolutely worth bringing over at the appropriate time, should the team and player come to an agreement.

What I do know is that if you are in Ticino, you absolutely have to try as hard as you can to make an HC Ambri-Piotta game. This isn’t an endorsement of the team’s politics, but rather the amazing energy found in certain European markets, including the twin farming communities of Ambri and Piotta, two villages that combined have 500 residents but have remained in the NLA since 1985 and have a fascinating rivalry with the much larger club, HC Lugano, located some 35 miles south in Italian-speaking Switzerland. (I have covered a game in the picturesque lake town of Lugano – a 9-0 rout of the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers during the 2012 work stoppage in which Luca Sbisa and Patrice Bergeron played for Lugano, and Jason Spezza for Rapperswil-Jona.) Meanwhile, Matt Duchene, Max Pacioretty and Cory Schneider played for Ambri that year, which saw the team and head coach Kevin Constantine part ways early in the season.

-Mikey Anderson, clear your schedule:

No surprise there; Anderson, a competitive defenseman with a good motor, totaled one assist and a plus-two rating in seven games while earning a bronze medal with the United States at last year’s World Junior Championship. A fourth round pick in 2017, he’ll return to defending champion Minnesota-Duluth as a sophomore after totaling five goals and 23 points in 39 games with the Bulldogs last season. Meanwhile, Los Angeles native Ivan Lodnia will get a call to the Summer Showcase camp. Before he moved to Southeastern Michigan, the 2017 third round pick of Minnesota was babysat by ne’er-do-well Kings blogger and former LA Kings Insider PumperNicholl.

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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.