For Alex Iafallo, playing in the National Hockey League is a euphoric experience. Even better, the 25-year-old Los Angeles Kings left wing hasn’t fallen victim to the dreaded sophomore slump that sometimes plagues second-year players.
“It’s been fun,” said Iafallo, who has 23 points (10-13—23) in 53 games this season after posting 25 points (9-16—25) in 75 regular-season matches as a rookie. “The season hasn’t gone our way, but for myself, I’m just trying to learn from everything, learn from our veterans and learn how to play in this league. It’s definitely a dream to play in the NHL, and I’m trying to have fun out there.”
He’s spot-on with his assessment of the Kings’ campaign. With a 22-27-4 record and 48 points, they’re last in the Western Conference.
On the other hand, the glass half-full perspective shows that after wins on back-to-back nights earlier this week on the road against the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils they are only six points behind the Vancouver Canucks, who hold the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.