LA Kings D Brayden McNabb Has Re-Discovered His Identity

Defenseman Brayden McNabb (right) shown here during a practice drill with forward Tyler Toffoli (center) and goaltender Jonathan Quick (left) on October 11, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Brayden McNabb began the 2015-16 National Hockey League season in street clothes, rather than on the bench with his teammates, in the Los Angeles Kings’ first game of the season on October 7 against the San Jose Sharks.

The reason? A sub-par training camp, one in which Kings coaches were rather critical of his performance.

“I think, in training camp, I got caught trying to perfect things,” said the 24-year-old native of Davidson, Saskatchewan. “I just wasn’t playing my game. It was kind of a wake-up call, not playing in the first game. It’s not fun. You always want to play. It’s frustrating, but at the same time, you want to be a good teammate. You hope the team wins, and that everything goes well. But you want to do everything you can to get yourself back in the lineup.”

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Much More Is Needed, Expected From LA Kings’ Leaders, Top Players

AUDIO: Includes audio of interviews with Drew Doughty, Kyle Clifford and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (right) receives instruction from associate head coach John Stevens (left).
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On Wednesday morning, extending slightly into the afternoon hours, the Los Angeles Kings held a high-energy, intense practice as they look to avoid starting the season 0-4, which would set a new team record.

Although one couldn’t tell what was on the minds of the players and coaches while they were on the ice, they know that their leaders, their best players, have not gotten the job done at all in their first three games.

“I think the play of our top players [has been sub-par],” said one of those players, defenseman Drew Doughty, who was including himself in his criticism. “[These are] guys you count on to lead you, in terms of offense. Our leaders aren’t playing good enough hockey, and I think that’s pretty obvious to a lot of people.”

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Yes, It’s Very Early, But What Ails The Los Angeles Kings?

Forward Trevor Lewis, shown here during practice on October 12, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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ALSO: Don’t miss the latest Sutter-ism from Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter!


EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings are a surprising 0-2 to start the 2015-16 National Hockey League regular season, and although they were better in their second game, a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on October 9 at Staples Center, than they were in a 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks during their home and season opener on October 7, the Kings are not playing very well to start the new season.

“There’s been [defensive zone] breakdowns, some forecheck bounces—[opposing teams] have scored some goals, and have taken us out of the game,” said right wing Tyler Toffoli. “It’s hard to come back when they’re scoring early goals.”

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LA Kings F Jordan Weal Remains Focused Despite Disappointing NHL Debut

ALSO: Don’t miss the first Sutter-ism of the 2015-16 season from head coach Darryl Sutter! With photo.


LA Kings center prospect Jordan Weal
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Throughout the history of the National Hockey League, young players have made their debut in the best hockey league in the world, with varying degrees of success.

To be sure, many young players dream of playing in the NHL, and about what their first NHL game will be like—scoring a goal, playing well, if not standing out as a star, and winning the game, of course.

But many are not fortunate enough to enjoy that kind of success, including Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Weal, who made his NHL debut on October 9, 2015, in a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Chemistry Remains A Work In Progress For LA Kings Top Line

AUDIO: Includes audio of interviews with Milan Lucic, Darryl Sutter and Anze Kopitar, who also talked about his feelings about his contract negotiations.


LA Kings left wing Milan Lucic (foreground)
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — When the Los Angeles Kings hit Staples Center ice tonight in their 2015-16 home opener against the San Jose Sharks, they’ll do so with a top forward line that isn’t quite firing on all cylinders just yet.

The line of Anze Kopitar centering Marian Gaborik on right wing and one of the new kids in town, Milan Lucic on left wing, is still working to hammer out the kinks and build the chemistry needed to be effective.

But Kopitar indicated that progress is being made.

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