Anze Kopitar

Rookie Adrian Kempe is in a rush to help the Kings

Rookie Adrian Kempe is in a rush to help the Kings

Adrian Kempe’s NHL debut Thursday was a blur.

Not so much for Kempe, but for everyone else.

“There were players on the ice that couldn’t keep up with him,” marveled Kings Coach Darryl Sutter.

“He’s got wheels,” agreed captain Anze Kopitar said. “He can skate, definitely.”

Sutter is convinced Kempe can do a lot more than that, which is why he called Kempe up from the minors in the middle of a playoff race. But to make the most of Kempe’s speed and skill, Sutter says he’ll occasionally have to put the brakes on the rookie.

“Not too many 20-year-olds just jump right in there and away you go, right?” the coach asked. “We’ll manage him properly, try to put him...

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