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Daryl’s Development: Adrian Kempe

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

Right Now:


Adrian is currently playing for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL) -- winners of the Richard F. Canning Trophy as the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference champions for 2014-15 after their recent sweep of the Hartford Wolf Pack.

He joined the Monarchs after playing his second season with Modo Hockey Ornskoldvik of the Swedish Hockey League where he scored five goals and added 12 assists for 17 points in 50 games. He played in three regular season games and picked up two penalty minutes. In 12 playoff games with Manchester, so far, Adrian has four goals and an assist for five points.  He also sports a plus-three rating.

The Monarchs are heading to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time in the franchise’s 14-year history. They will take on the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Utica Comets and Grand Rapids Griffins, Utica currently leads the series 3-2.

 

Back Story:
Adrian was selected by the Kings in the first-round (29thoverall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.  He is a left winger who shoots left.  He is from Kramfors, Sweden.

 

Why The Kings Tabbed Adrian:
Kings Director of European Scouting Christian Ruuttu commented on Kempe: “Adrian is a great skater who can carry the puck at a high speed and he loves to challenge the defense one-on-one.” Ruuttu added: “Kempe has good vision and hockey sense in the offensive zones and he scored some big goals for his Junior team in his draft year.  He is a player who can play in all situations.”

What I Know About Him – My Take:
Adrian is a skilled player as well as a good skater. Adrian has spent the past two seasons with Modo Hockey in the Swedish Hockey League where he has registered 28 points (10-18=28) in 95 games. Adrian has good deception in his game and handles the puck well. At age 18 he will need to get stronger and get use to playing on the smaller NHL size ice where the game plays at a quicker tempo. Once he gets use to the pace of the game and the size of the rink he should be an effective player.

 

Going Forward – My Take:
Adrian will have to continue to work on his conditioning and strength to compete against bigger and more experienced players. He excels on the offensive side of the game and will have to earn the trust of his coaches and teammates in the defensive zone to become a complete, all-around player on both sides of the puck.

The Vitals:
Shoots – Left
Height – 6-1
Weight – 187
Follow Adrian on Twitter: @adriankempe

Daryl Evans has called Kings games on the radio for the club on a full-time basis since 1999. The former Kings forward also contributes to the Kings Development Department and takes to the ice each summer with some of the younger players in our organization.  Follow Daryl on Twitter: @DarylEvans15

To read a previous Daryl’s Development story on LAKings.com, click here: http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=765740

 

Stats/Info as of 5-28-15

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