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Hear from Six LA Kings Players During Exit Interviews

Iafallo, Doughty, Roy, Kopitar, Kempe and Petersen discuss the season and look ahead to next year

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings 2020-21 season has come to a close, and with that, the annual postseason exit interviews.

Hear from Cal Petersen, Drew Doughty, Alex Iafallo, Matt Roy, Adrian Kempe and Anze Kopitar about their thoughts in closing this chapter and what they hope to accomplish over the summer. 

Cal Petersen

Petersen, who played in a career high 35 games this season talked about his hopes for next season and mindset of potentially becoming the starting goalie.

"That's the goal. Every single game I play, I'm hoping to build confidence in the guys around me and the coaching staff, too. Everyday, I'm trying to be the best and coming into the NHL, I want to be a number one goalie and the guy that wins games."

Video: Cal Petersen after the 2020-21 season.

Drew Doughty

Doughty, who led all defenseman in the NHL in power-play goals this season addressed if he would be satisfied with the organization's future if no big moves were made this offseason.

"No." 

Doughty also reflected on his year individually.

"I felt like I had one of the best seasons of my career. I went back to playing how I used to play, a little more risky and offensive. I also think I improved in the defensive areas too. It just sucks on how the season ended as we went on a cold streak as a team and personally. I wish we could have done better there." 

Video: Drew Doughty after the 2020-21 season.

Alex Iafallo

Iafallo, who was on pace to set a career high in goals commented on the secondary core's development this season.

"We've been with each other for a few years now and talked a lot in the summer about how we want to go forward helped us try to take leadership and ownership of this group. Communication was huge and it really helped us this year." 

Iafallo also gave his reasoning on why the team fell out of the playoff race.

"There were a lot of ups and downs this year. I feel like we have to stick together during those times. Near the end there during the playoff race, when we lost a few games in a row I feel like we didn't get enough momentum back to start winning again. We've got to learn from that and make sure we don't do that next year. 

Video: Alex Iafallo after the 2020-21 season.

Matt Roy

Roy, who played a sturdy role on the blue line this season reflected on the areas the team did and didn't improve on from last year.

"I think in some areas we did and some maybe we didn't. Last year, I think we were more aggressive on our forecheck and our neutral zone forecheck, which allowed us to play in the offensive zone more... Hopefully, moving forward next year, we can get back to the aggressiveness that allowed us to attack more."

Video: Matt Roy after the 2020-21 season

Adrian Kempe

Kempe, who was on pace to set career highs in goals and assists was satisfied with the secondary core's development.

"I think it was good. Obviously, we're important to the team [and its success]. We have to take care of the team as well, not just be leaders and I think we did a good job with that on and off the ice. There's always things you can do better and we're upset with the way things ended. But, we played hard all year, and that's a positive."

Video: Adrian Kempe after the 2020-21 season

Anze Kopitar

Kopitar, who recorded his 1,000th point near the end of the season, was impressed on the improvements from last year to this year.

"Special teams definitely took a step forward... We were in the top 10 on the penalty kill, which is pretty satisfying. That says a lot about this group, that they're willing to do it on the defensive side of things. Plus, our power play was clicking at one point better than it ever was since I've been here. That's definitely a positive. But, with that said, there are still a lot of areas we can improve."

Video: Anze Kopitar after the 2020-21 season

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