Player News - Kings

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Jeff Deslauriers will see some action during the pre-season due to the off-season surgery for Jonathan Quick.

Deslauriers is in camp on a professional tryout and could see some action if Quick is not ready to go once the season gets underway but right now, Quick is locked in as the number one netminder when healthy and Martin Jones will be his backup, leaving no room for the former Oiler on the roster.
Sep 20 - 9:15 AM

Kyle Clifford was on the ice for the first day of training camp after undergoing off-season wrist surgery in the middle of July.

Clifford had a small fracture in his wrist but surgery was still recommended. He had three goals and eight points in 71 games during the regular season so we really cannot recommend him at this time. He did surprise in the playoffs with seven points in 24 games however.
Sep 20 - 9:10 AM

Jarret Stoll is on the ice at training camp after off-season hip surgery.

Stoll is a solid third line center for the Kings but not a point-getter as he had only eight goals and 27 points during the regular season before picking up three goals and six points in 26 playoff contests en route to the Stanley Cup. He is proficient at the faceoff dot as he won 678 of 1239 draws. Draft him only in pools where faceoffs are a category.
Sep 20 - 9:07 AM

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter believes that Anze Kopitar doesn’t get enough recognition for his offensive game.

"He’s one of the best players in the league. I mean he’s led the playoffs in scoring," said Sutter. "It tells you what kind of player he is, and he doesn’t get much recognition for that." Kopitar registered 29 goals and 70 points in 82 games last season. The 27-year-old is an elite center and should be drafted fairly early in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 19 - 9:40 PM

Drew Doughty (upper body) is being described as day-to-day.

Doughty wasn't on the ice with his teammates on Friday. There's still plenty of time left before the start of the season, so we're not too concerned at this time.
Sep 19 - 2:37 PM

Drew Doughty sustained an upper-body injury over the summer.

Doughty consequently didn't skate with the rest of the Kings on Friday. It's not clear how serious the injury is, but obviously he still has weeks to recover before he's in danger of missing any playing time.
Sep 19 - 1:09 PM

It sounds like Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards worked hard during the offseason, possibly in part to silence those who believe he should have been bought out.

"Obviously winning cures all, and you’re happy about winning, but I don’t picture myself as a fourth-line player," Richards told ESPN. The once-proud two-way forward is at least worth monitoring in leagues if he does find his old form once again, but for now take a wait-and-see approach.
Source: ESPN
Sep 16 - 2:09 PM

Kings GM Dean Lombardi acknowledged that his team does take analytics into account when making decisions, but attributes a lot of L.A.'s success to incalculable intangibles such as character, expectations and compete level.

"There’s a big difference between data and knowledge, and how you use it," said Lombardi. "You’ll never convince me that emotion isn’t a huge part of this game, more than any other (sport)." Lombardi revealed that he has spoken on the phone "a number of times" with former Boston Red Sox General Manager and current Chicago Cubs Director of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein about the use of analytics, but would not explain how the Kings apply advanced stats information. "You can get my book when I’m done," he joked.
Sep 14 - 6:29 PM

After undergoing offseason surgery, it appears that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is just now facing shots in practice environments.

In other words, he might not get much/any time in the preseason and could conceivably even start the 2014-15 season a bit slow. Martin Jones may be in line for extra early appearances. Quick is still a valuable pick, particularly considering the team in front of him, but keep an eye out for setbacks.
Sep 13 - 3:11 PM

Jeff Deslauriers will attend the Kings' training camp on a tryout basis.

Deslauriers will compete with Martin Jones for the backup job, but he's a long shot to win it. In the likely event that Deslauriers isn't able to secure a roster spot, he might still sign with the Kings to serve in the AHL.
Sep 2 - 5:36 PM

Derek Forbort will take another crack at making the Kings' lineup this autumn as the 22 year-old defenseman hopes to thrive off of his successful rookie campaign in Manchester in 2013-14.

The giant 6'4, 218 pound blueliner is rock solid in his own zone and possesses excellent decision making abilities. He had 17 points in 74 games in his rookie AHL year, maintaining a +19 rating. The Duluth, Minn native is in tough making a Cup winning roster, but is likely to warrant a call-up at some point this season and could stick around if he impresses.
Aug 31 - 7:21 PM

Martin Jones put forth a terrific rookie season in 2013-14 and could be a viable fantasy option in net if Jonathan Quick does not recovery quickly from his off-season wrist surgery.

Quick is the Kings' undisputed starter and Jones will not hold significant fantasy value unless he is propelled into a starting role due to injury or a trade. Nonetheless, Quick is coming off a long spring and off-season wrist surgery, and although his projected return is during the pre-season, the Kings would be wise not to overwork their starter if Jones proves that his success last season was no fluke. Jones is a smart draft choice to back up Quick on your fantasy roster, but could be universally valuable if Quick can't stay healthy.
Aug 30 - 2:09 PM

Brayden McNabb may see action with Los Angeles some point this season.

Kings GM Dean Lombard feels that McNabb is NHL-ready, but the team already has a full complement of defensemen. "He's worked his [butt] off, and with all the homework we've [done] on him, he's got a shot," Lombardi said. "And I think him being here in the playoffs makes him really hungry. His skating is the only issue. If we can get that tightened up, he's a good player." McNabb was acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline and he signed a two-year deal with Los Angeles in July. Look for him to get called up at some point this year should injuries become an issue.
Aug 28 - 8:51 PM

The Kings will honor Luc Robitaille this season by unveiling his statue in Star Plaza at the Staples Center on Mar. 7, 2015.

Robitaille has done a fine job as the club's president of business operations since 2007, although his 1394 points over 1431 NHL games probably had something to do with it. Robitaille played fourteen seasons with Los Angeles over three different stints and holds numerous Kings records. Lucky Luc retired as the highest scoring left winger in NHL history.
Source: LA Times
Aug 24 - 4:17 PM

Marian Gaborik played an instrumental part in the Kings' championship run this past spring, but the oft-injured sniper remains a risky pick to perform that big of a role on your fantasy team.

The hulking right winger missed exactly half the season due to injury last year, and was coming off a poor 2012-13 where he garnered just 27 points in 42 games. There is no doubt the skilled Slovakian has the ability to produce elite numbers, but investing too much stock in a player who has been a major fantasy disappointment for the past two years might not be worth the risk.
Aug 23 - 2:38 PM

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