Wednesday notes; Walker "looks like he's good," Martinez doesn't travel - LA Kings Insider

Additional news and notes from an early practice in El Segundo before the flight east:

–There were no actual line rushes, though alignment in drills suggested some adjustments up front. The forward groups were Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown, Kovalchuk-Carter-Toffoli, Leipsic-Kempe-Hagelin and Clifford-Lewis-Wagner, with Michael Amadio skating as an extra. Keep in mind there are rumblings that Washington and Los Angeles are talking trade – Carl Hagelin is among the names to have surfaced – so stand by on the forward alignment. (Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post has more context from Washington’s perspective here.) On the back end, there may be some movement as well, as Oscar Fantenberg was taking some shifts alongside Drew Doughty. Keep in mind there’s an odd number of healthy defensemen, so pairs were rotating regularly. Let’s talk lineups tomorrow at the morning skate.

–Sean Walker (facial trauma) wasn’t wearing a face shield and is available at the outset of this trip. “He looks like he’s good,” Willie Desjardins said. Matt Roy still looked to be getting rotations alongside Dion Phaneuf for the most part, so it’s possible Walker’s re-entry may have to wait for another game or two.

–Alec Martinez (upper-body) did not skate, nor did he travel with the team to Nashville. He’s unlikely to join the team on the trip. “I can’t see him joining, no, because he has to get some practice in,” Desjardins said. “Even if he’s ready, he still needs a couple days of practice, for sure.”

–Desjardins, on a home stand in which the Kings were weighed down by losing critical moments: “It’s really disappointing coming home, because it’s not like we didn’t play well. At home we played good enough to get points, but we didn’t, and that’s really frustrating because we know where we’re at and we know what we need to do. The Boston game, we were there and we let it slip away. The Vancouver game, same, we could’ve gotten more. And then the last game against Washington, that’s a high-end team. Guys played well. We didn’t give them very much, we just couldn’t create. Lots of good things, but nothing to show.”

–The LA Kings are launching what they’re describing as “the first Augmented Reality (AR) Blockchain authentication platform in the world specifically developed to help secure professional sports merchandise and memorabilia,” which helps ensure that game-used merchandise purchased is authentic.

On Monday, AEG Sports COO Kelly Cheeseman promoted the app and explained its use on FOX Business Network.

This release explains how this platform will be of use to Kings fans.

–Condolences, love and light to the Brickley family, and rest in peace, Matt Brickley.

–Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI

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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.