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Video Chat with Gabriel Vilardi, Martin Frk and Austin Wagner

Carrlyn Bathe checks in on the LA Kings players to chat about superstitious, their development in the AHL and their goals for the future

by Jack Jablonski @LAKings /

The Kings held a video call on Thursday with Gabriel Vilardi, Martin Frk and Austin Wagner to check in and see what the players have been up to during quarantine.

Hosted by Carrlyn Bathe from Fox Sports West, the players were asked about their time in Ontario, the organization's winning attitude and superstitions. 

Frk was asked to speak on his rapid pace of goal scoring at the end of the season. 

"I was lucky enough to play with good players and they always make it easier for me. I try to go to the right spot and hopefully they can find me. They make me better and I try to make them better too," he said. "Hopefully I can continue [scoring] and get even better."

Vilardi talked about his goals for improving in the near future. 

"Moving forward, I have to get stronger in my lower body, get a little bit thicker,' he said. "I'm a pretty skinny guy and need to get faster. If you look at guys like Wagner, I have to keep up with those players even though I don't think anyone can keep up with Wagner." 

Wagner chimed in, and drew a laugh from everyone in the group.

"If you teach me how to score on a breakaway, I'll teach you how to get fast," he said.

Tweet from @lakingsinsider: Vilardi fields a question about the best centers in the league he matched up with. "I was never on the ice with 'em," he joked. Said he got two quick faceoffs against Sidney Crosby because of icings. "I went 1-for-3 on him, so I'll take it."

Wagner also touched on his development in the AHL and it's impact on helping him get to the NHL. 

"[Stothers] helped me adjust a lot. We had a lot of good leaders at that time. We had a lot of guy that had played games in the NHL and knew what it'd take to be a pro," he said. "The best part about Ontario is everybody is there help you get to the next level. Nobody's there to keep you there. [Stothers] just wants you to succeed."

Watch the entire exchange here: 

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