Kings Coach Stevens on Iafallo: ‘He clearly has the ability to adapt and play at the NHL level’

Los Angeles Kings Coach John Stevens, on Alex Iafallo’s role on Anze Kopitar’s line (per LaKingsInsider.com):

“I think he’s been a good fit on that line because he’s a real working player. He’s a real smart player. He’s been coached very well along the way. He moves his feet all the time, he’s got good angles, he forces players into confined space, and because he forced a lot of turnovers and he’s got a really good skill set and vision when he gets the puck. He’s got a really well-rounded, 200-foot game, and that was a great example of it.

[Reporter: Seem like a guy who’s not really afraid of the big stage?] Well, he hasn’t been. You’re hoping when a guy gets a chance to play at this level that he continues to play the same way and do the same things that we liked to get him to this point, and he’s certainly been able to do that. He doesn’t over-pass the puck, he doesn’t try and push the puck to Kopi just because he’s playing with Kopi. He seems to make the right play at the right play, takes the shots when the shots are there and plays with a lot of confidence. He’s a little bit older kid that finished college, so I think he’s not coming in as a 19-year-old kid, he’s a little bit older. I think that’s really helped him with his composure, but he clearly has the ability to adapt and play at the NHL level with good players and not be affected by it.”

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