Player News - Kings

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Dustin Brown netted a power-play goal with four shots, four hits and a blocked shot in Tuesday's 4-3 preseason loss against Arizona.

Brown is making his way back from an offseason bout with a shoulder injury. He certainly didn't show any ill effects of the injury in the split-squad battle with the 'Yotes, tossing his weight around with four hits and his shoulder held up nicely. Brown banged home 28 goals with a career-high 61 points, a plus-31 rating and 15 power-play points last season. Is that what we can expect from Brown, or will he slip back into the 25-30 point range like he had from 2012-17?
Sep 19 - 3:03 AM

Jeff Carter picked up an even-strength goal and a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-2 preseason loss in Arizona.

Carter certainly did his part in the loss, providing all of the offense in the split-squad setback. He was limited to just 27 games last season due to his bothersome ankle injury, but he has reportedly been feeling good in the first week of training camp. When he was able to play, he posted 22 points, showing he can still be a dangerous scorer. Target Carter in the area of Round 5 or 6, but plan to have plenty of depth at the center position in case his ankle ailment flares up.
Sep 19 - 2:45 AM

The Los Angeles Kings want to see some more consistency from Jonny Brodzinski.

"You want to be able to put a guy in the lineup that you know exactly what you’re getting on a nightly basis. You don’t want to see a drop-off in his play," head coach John Stevens said of Brodzinski. "We think Jonny can be a responsible player that provides secondary offense for our team." The 25-year-old had four goals and two assists in 35 games with the Kings last season.
Sep 15 - 4:32 PM

Jeff Carter feels good following the first day of training camp.

Carter said he still has some work to do to properly rehab his ankle tendon, but overall he's in a good place. He was limited to just 27 games last season and he produced 22 points.
Sep 14 - 5:15 PM

Austin Strand (concussion symptoms) is listed as week-to-week.

Strand won't be on the ice Friday when the Kings begin training camp skates. He was injured at a rookie tournament game recently.
Sep 13 - 6:33 PM

Derek Forbort (back) is expected to be on the ice Friday for the start of training camp.

However, Forbort will not participate in the full session. Consider him day-to-day as he works his way back to full health.
Sep 13 - 6:29 PM

Gabriel Vilardi (back) isn't expected to be available for medical and physical testing on Thursday.

"I don't think he'll be ready for tomorrow's testing," Kings GM Rob Blake said on Wednesday. "It's nothing different than it's been the last couple of weeks. He won't be ready to skate with our guys tomorrow or Friday." Vilardi's status is described as "week to week," which is unfortunate because he had a chance to crack Los Angeles' lineup out of training camp.
Sep 13 - 12:27 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk joined some Los Angeles teammates for an informal skate on Monday.

Kovalchuk feels prepared for his NHL comeback after working out with Alexander Radulov and Evgeni Malkin in the summer. He declined to comment on expectations for himself, but likes the core players on the Kings and feels he can fit in nicely. "We'll see on October 5th, but if you play with guys like Kopitar, Doughty, Carts and Brown, they will make it easier for you, so I just need to do my thing, and I think I'll be OK," said Kovalchuk.
Sep 11 - 4:25 PM

Gabriel Vilardi (back) won't be available for the start of rookie camp.

Kings GM Rob Blake isn't ready to say if Vilardi will be healthy in time for training camp. Vilardi had 22 goals and 58 points in 32 OHL games last season. He was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 5 - 6:01 PM

Kings top prospect Gabriel Vilardi could miss next week's rookie camp because of a back injury.

Vilardi has had issues with his back before, so this is nothing new. Still, there's no denying that the Kings would like to see him participate in on-ice activities. GM Rob Blake mentioned that the 19-year-old could be ready for training camp on Sep. 14. Vilardi was the 11th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He had 22 goals and 58 points in just 32 OHL games with the Kingston Frontenacs last season
Aug 31 - 10:14 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have signed Drake Rymsha to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The 20-year-old was drafted by the Kings in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 31 goals and 73 points in 68 games this season. Rymsha will likely spend the entire 2018-19 season in the minors. He shouldn't pop up on your fantasy radar.
Aug 25 - 5:06 PM

According to general manager Rob Blake, Jeff Carter (ankle) is expected to be fine for the start of training camp.

Carter was limited to 27 games last season due to his troublesome ankle. Blake added that Jake Muzzin (shoulder), Dustin Brown (shoulder) and Trevor Lewis (hand) are also expected to be full-go for the start of camp.
Aug 23 - 3:52 PM

Emerson Etem will attend Los Angeles Kings training camp on a PTO.

The 26-year-old has 22 goals and 46 points in 173 career games with the Ducks, Rangers and Canucks. He split last season between AHL Tucson and Lugano in Switzerland. He's facing an uphill climb to make the team out of training camp.
Aug 22 - 11:47 AM

In his return to the NHL, Ilya Kovalchuk has been given dual eligibility (LW/RW) by Yahoo.

Dual eligibility may seem like a small detail, but it could have large impacts on your squad by giving you added flexibility during days you mainly have players of one position suiting up. Tomas Hertl is the only noteworthy player this season to be tri-eligible (C/LW/RW). A full list of noteworthy dual-eligible players has been compiled by NHL.com and can be seen by clicking the link below.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 18 - 4:01 PM

Andrew Crescenzi will play for HC Bolzano of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga this coming season.

Crescenzi notched 24 points and 65 penalty minutes in 57 games for the AHL's Ontario Reign last season. He also skated in two contests with Los Angeles.
Aug 11 - 6:52 PM


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