Waiver period opens; Kings sit in interesting position - LA Kings Insider

INSIDERS. A fine morning to you from the skies above… the Midwest. I won’t be Utah-bound Saturday; rather, if you’re interested in to-the-minute updates, make sure you’re following @ReignInsider Zach Dooley, who’ll accompany the team to Salt Lake City for tomorrow’s preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks (6:00 p.m. / Prime Ticket / FOX Sports App / LA Kings Audio Network). This is the first official LA Kings team broadcast – LA Kings live begins at 5:30 p.m. PT.)

Something that we’ll continue to monitor over the coming weeks: the NHL waiver wire opened Friday, and the Kings, with the second waiver priority, may have the opportunity to claim a player who wouldn’t otherwise be available with a more rapidly expanding salary cap and a healthier middle class. From Elliotte Friedman in his 31 Thoughts column:

Just some teams to keep an eye on, nothing more, but click on each team’s links to learn more about Vancouver, Carolina and Calgary roster structures and organizational depth. The Hurricanes appear to have the biggest logjam on the blue line, though barring movement it would appear that Vancouver is still sorting out its back end as well, and a player like Oscar Fantenberg, as one example, will still have to make the team and would be placed on waivers if he is unable to do so.

Keep an eye on these teams’ trades, roster moves and injuries, as they’ll have an impact on the waiver wire. Los Angeles’ second priority expires on October 31, at which point priority for the following day’s claim will be based on 2019-20 season standings.

Los Angeles still has to have room to fit those players into their organization. As of right now, they have the maximum 50 contracts allotted, though space would open up should the likes of Tobias Bjornfot, Samuel Fagemo and Akil Thomas be assigned or loaned to their respective club teams. No assignments have yet been made, so as of this moment there isn’t any room on the roster to claim a player, even though they have the cap space.

Obviously, this could also affect the Kings from the other direction. Michael Amadio, Mario Kempe, Martin Frk, Paul LaDue, Joakim Ryan and Kurtis MacDermid are waiver-eligible and will be competing for roster spots, a battle that tightened when Ben Hutton signed and immediately claimed a spot on the club’s blue line.

More to come on this subject.

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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.