Adrian Kempe
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Adrian Kempe

Hometown:

Kramfors Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1996-09-13

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

1st round (29th overall), 2014

Weight:

187 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Adrian Kempe played for Kramfors-Alliansen’s U18 team on the east coast of Sweden as a 14-year-old and played for Angermanland in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. He scored 1 goal with 7 assists and had 10 penalty minutes in 25 games and scored 1 goal in three playoff contests. Kempe scored 4 goals with 7 assists and had 4 penalty minutes in eight TV-Pucken games.

2011-12: Kempe moved from Kramfors-Alliansen to Djurgarden in Stockholm – skating for the club’s U18 and U16 squads. He scored 10 goals with 10 assists in 34 regular season games for Djurgarden’s U18 team and was +15 with 24 penalty minutes. In four playoff games he had 2 assists and was +1. Kempe scored 6 goals with 6 assists and was +12 with 6 penalty minutes in seven games with Djurgarden’s U16 team; which captured Sweden’s championship. Kempe played 11 international contests for Sweden’s U16 team and scored 4 goals with 9 assists. In eight TV-Pucken games for Angermanland he scored 11 goals with 7 assists and was +8 with 33 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Kempe joined MODO’s U20 team and played for Sweden in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. In 39 junior games he scored 6 goals with 7 assists and was -7 with 36 penalty minutes. MODO reached the championship game against HV71 and Kempe scored 1 goal and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. He scored five goals in five games and had 2 penalty minutes for Sweden at the WHC. Kempe was selected by the OHL’s Barrie Colts in the second round (107th overall) in the 2013 CHL Import Draft.

2013-14: Kempe skated for the Sweden U18 team in the 2013 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and World Juniors tournaments and played in the SHL as a 17-year-old — splitting time between the MODO men’s team and the U20 squad. He scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was +5 with 12 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games for MODO, averaging 8:27 minutes of ice time. MODO finished eighth in the regular season and lost to Linkopings in a play-in series. Kempe had an even plus/minus and 1 assist in the two-game series. He scored 3 goals with 16 assists and was +6 with 32 penalty minutes in 20 regular season games for the MODO U20 team and scored 1 goal with 1 assist in two playoff games. Kempe scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -1 with 12 penalty minutes in four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was -2 with 16 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. Kempe joined the MODO U18 team for it’s gold medal playoff run — scoring 5 goals with 3 assists in four games. He was ranked sixth amongst European skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Los Angeles in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Kempe signed a three-year entry-level contract with Los Angeles in April 2015 following his second SHL season with MODO. He gave North American fans a glimpse of his potential, joining Kings’ AHL affiliate Manchester and playing for the Monarchs in the Calder Cup playoffs. He had an even plus/minus with no points and two penalty minutes in three AHL regular season games. He scored 8 goals with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games as Manchester rolled through the playoffs, defeating Utica in the finals. Kempe scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was -8 with 42 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games for MODO. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes in four relegation playoff games. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in six games for Sweden’s U20 team at the World Juniors.

2014-15: Kempe signed a three-year entry-level contract with Los Angeles in April 2015 following his second SHL season with MODO. He gave North American fans a glimpse of his potential, joining Kings’ AHL affiliate Manchester and playing for the Monarchs in the Calder Cup playoffs. He had an even plus/minus with no points and two penalty minutes in three AHL regular season games. He scored 8 goals with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games as Manchester rolled through the playoffs, defeating Utica in the finals. Kempe scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was -8 with 42 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games for MODO. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes in four relegation playoff games. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in six games for Sweden’s U20 team at the World Juniors. Sweden finished fourth, falling to Slovakia, 4-2, in the bronze medal game. 

2015-16: Kempe skated for the Ontario Reign, Los Angeles’ new AHL affiliate, in his first season in North America and played in his second World Juniors tournament for Sweden. Competing in the AHL as a 19-year-old, he was among the top scorers for the Reign. In seven games at the WJC he scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +1 with 8 penalty minutes. Sweden finished fourth at the tournament in Helsinki, falling 8-3 to the USA in the bronze medal game.

 

Talent Analysis

Kempe is a very good-sized winger with a frame ready for more weight. He already has a season of SHL play behind him, made possible by his ability and willingness to do whatever the coach asked of him, taking on a primarily third- or fourth-line role. He is active in all three zones and doesn’t hesitate to use his body in many capacities. Kempe is not shy to throw or take a hit to get a job done. He has a confident mentality and is clearly knowledgeable about what he can do and where he’s going in the next few years. His mean streak and distaste for losing drive him to compete. Skating-wise, Kempe gains good speed and has a nice, fluent stride; moving well laterally. In the offensive zone he heads for the net with every opportunity and can be quite vicious in fighting for pucks in and around the goal mouth. When he has the time coming off the wing, he can lay on a heavy, precise shot. He is best when he concentrates on playing his wing in a back-and-forth lane function and being allowed to remain active there. Kempe loves to battle for pucks and often comes out of corners with them in tow. He knows how to put defenders on their heels, thus creating space for his teammates and creating good offensive attacks. He has displayed good hands and a good understanding of the game and is very coachable.

Future

Kempe is in his first season in North America in 2015-16, skating for California-based Kings' AHL affiliate Ontario. Competing in the league as a 19-year-old, he has experienced many of the travails expected in making the transition to pro hockey in North America. His skating ability, offensive skills, and feisty edge suggest a fairly high ceiling in terms of potential.

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