World Junior hopefuls Vilardi, JAD, Villalta all hurt; Vilardi's injury not major - LA Kings Insider

Good news, everyone! /s

The updates:

The nuts and bolts:

–Gabe Vilardi’s injury is a right hip flexor and, per hockey ops, isn’t expected to keep him off the ice for more than a couple days. “He’s fine,” LAKI was informed. Still, there’s some concern there, given that he dealt with a tight hip in the aftermath of the 2017 Memorial Cup amidst the back issues that have delayed the start to his professional career.

–Matt Villalta’s injury was a freak occurrence that happened when he converged on the same spot as a linesmen during warm-ups of the Soo Greyhounds’ 3-2 shootout loss to Erie last night. That collision resulted in a nasty skate cut around Villalta’s ankle, but after getting stitched up it was learned that it’s not to the same degree of severity as, say, Jeff Carter’s skate cut last season. It’s not something that should sideline him for more than a few weeks, but like Vilardi and Anderson-Dolan, places his competition for a World Junior Championship position with Canada in question.

–Jaret Anderson-Dolan got into two games with WHL-Spokane after being assigned by the Kings, with his most recent outing a two-goal performance in a loss to Tri-City on October 27. We’d heard that he’d been dealing with something, but didn’t realize the severity until today’s news. This is particularly difficult for Anderson-Dolan, who doesn’t have much to prove at the junior level and was poised to earn a key role with Canada after a standout performance at the summer showcase camp in Kamloops. Canada’s world junior training camp will begin in mid-December, with the tournament running from December 26 through January 5, so the timeline doesn’t do Anderson-Dolan any favors.

–Lead photo via Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire

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.