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Kings rookie Adrian Kempe earns rare praise from Coach Darryl Sutter

Kings rookie Adrian Kempe earns rare praise from Coach Darryl Sutter

Kings Coach Darryl Sutter is deliberate with compliments.

In other words, he rarely hands them out, especially to rookies.

Which is why his comments about forward Adrian Kempe were noteworthy. Sutter called the versatile prospect from Sweden "a fast player" and "a smart player."

"In some ways, he's flown under the radar here," Sutter said. "Others have been given credit, or assumptions, but he's clearly outplayed them."

Kempe played 55 games with the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate in Ontario (Calif.) last season, recording 11 goals and 28 points. His growth has been...

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