The playoff round got underway on Tuesday at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships and the Los Angeles Kings are represented by three defensemen. They are Mikey Anderson who plays for the United States, Kale Clague who plays for Team Canada and Jacob Moverare who plays for Team Sweden.
Anderson was the Kings fourth-round draft pick, 103rd overall, in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft. In 16 games with the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) this season, he has three goals and seven assists for 10 points, 12 penalty minutes and is a +3. Anderson has spent the last two seasons with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League. So far at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship, Anderson has one assist. It came in a 9-0 United States win over Denmark on Dec. 26 on a goal by Casey Mittelstadt that put the United States up 3-0 at the time.
Clague was the Kings second-round draft pick, 51st overall, in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft. In 28 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, Clague has 10 goals and 37 assists for 47 points, 35 penalty minutes and is an excellent +31. So far at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship, Clague has one assist in three games. Clague's assist came on a goal by Sam Steel in a 8-0 Canada win over Denmark on Dec. 30. The goal put Canada up 3-0 at the time.
Moverare was the Kings fourth round draft pick, 112th overall, in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft. In 31 games with the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League, Moverare has three goals and 18 assists for 21 points, eight penalty minutes and is a -8. So far at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship, Moverare is a +2 after four games.
Canada, Sweden and the United States have all reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo. The United States are playing Russia, Sweden is playing Slovakia and Canada is playing Switzerland.