AXS Sports is in the process of profiling 25 Los Angeles Kings players and coaches prior to the 2018-19 season. In the seventh part of the series, it is time to profile Kings left winger Adrian Kempe.
Selected in the first round, 29th overall by the Kings in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Kempe is 21 years old. He shoots left and is 6'2", 195 pounds.
At the time of being drafted, Kempe was playing for MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik in Sweden. Kempe has two other significant ties to Swedish hockey because he won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge in Drummondville and Victoriaville, Quebec and a gold medal with Sweden at the 2018 World Hockey Championship in Denmark.
Kempe has played the last two seasons with the Kings. In 2017-18, he played in 81 games. Kempe had 16 goals, 21 assists for 37 points. He was a +11, 49 penalty minutes, five power-play points, three game-winning goals, 119 shots on goal, 263 faceoff wins, 91 hits, 18 blocked shots, 26 takeaways and 30 giveaways. In 106 career regular season games with the Kings, he has 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points.
During 2017-18, Kempe recorded his first career hat trick. It came in a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 18. In the contest, Kempe added an assist for a career game high of four points. In the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kempe played all four games for the Kings and was a -2.