One glance at Alex Iafallo suggested he was in the middle of a grueling playoff series in late spring.
He sported a cut near his eye, courtesy of an errant stick from Winnipeg Jets defensemen Dustin Byfuglien. An ice pack was on his back. But this was only late November, on a rare off-day during a packed schedule for the Kings.
At this time last year, Iafallo was on a three-week holiday break from his college team, Minnesota Duluth. He played 42 games total, or about half of an NHL regular season. Iafallo already has played 22 games, a sharp contrast for a rookie who didn’t play junior hockey.
“It’s definitely new,” Iafallo said....