In the days ahead, all attention will turn to the Kings 2021 Development Camp, which is scheduled to start next Monday and then culminate on Saturday, August 28 with a big event at Staples Center.
Thus, now is a good brief break in the news cycle to look ahead toward September.
2021 LA KINGS TRAINING CAMP
Main training camp (sometimes referred to as NHL camp) is set to get going around September 22 and will stretch out for nearly three weeks, as the preseason schedule features seven games:
Monday 9/27 at Arizona
Tuesday 9/28 at San Jose
Thursday 9/30 vs. Vegas at Salt Lake City
Friday 10/1 at Vegas
Tuesday 10/5 vs. Arizona at STAPLES Center
Wednesday 10/6 at Anaheim
Saturday 10/9 vs. Anaheim at STAPLES Center
Trimming down the Kings 2021-22 roster on Monday, October 11 will likely bring plenty of intrigue and handwringing, as GM Rob Blake could find himself putting up to five or six players on waivers (more on that here).
There’s plenty of time for those debates and evaluations later, though.
2021 ROOKIE CAMP
Prior to main camp opening on the 22nd, the Kings are scheduled to kick off Rookie Camp around September 14 — with their first on-ice session taking place at 10am on Thursday, September 16. Over the course of that week leading into main camp, the centerpiece attraction will be the Rookie Faceoff tournament in Arizona. LA is scheduled to compete against the Coyotes in one of their games, then play two more games against either Anaheim, Colorado, San Jose, or Vegas. The matchup vs Arizona is believed to be penciled in for the Coyotes arena in Glendale, while the pair of remaining games will be held at their Ice Den practice facility in Scottsdale.
LA’s Rookie Camp roster will include nearly all of their top prospects, including: Quinton Byfield, Alex Turcotte, Arthur Kaliyev, Tyler Madden, Aidan Dudas, Rasmus Kupari, Brandt Clarke, Jordan Spence, etc.
From what we understand, the Kings will also augment the roster of players attending Rookie Camp with a handful of invitees. MayorsManor has learned two such players will be:
Position: Right Wing
Weight: 183 lbs
Team: Oshawa Generals (OHL)
2020-21 Season: Did Not Play
2019-20 Season: 36 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 Pts
Notes on McSorley
– No, he’s not Marty McSorley’s son. Tye is his nephew, though (son of Marty’s brother, Gerry).
– Was a stand out in track and field during high school; finding success in the shot put, discus, and javelin.
– Scored his first and only OHL goal in a game against Arthur Kaliyev’s Hamilton Bulldogs in October 2019. Kaliyev also scored in that game, but neither player was on the ice when the other filled the net.
– He’s known for his toughness. Not necessarily a fighter by trade, although he’s certainly dropped the gloves when needed (including receiving a five game suspension for brawling in a preseason game before the puck even dropped that night). McSorley is said to be a bit of a throwback type player, just hard-nosed and physically involved over every inch of the ice. We’ve talked with several scouts about him and they all shared some version of: ‘He’s beyond hard to play against, finishes checks, and gives it his all on every shift.’
Weight: 181 lbs
Team: Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
2020-21 Season: 16 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 Pts
* played in Slovenia with Linz Steel Wings, as the OHL shut down
Notes on Supryka
– Not only was he teammates with Kaliyev in Hamilton during the 2019 season, he also played against Francesco Pinelli (Kings second round pick, 2021) earlier this year in Europe.
– His father, Jason Supryka, is a pro scout for the Kings. He joined LA’s staff in 2007 after spending more than 10 years as an OHL assistant coach.
– Cam grew up around the game, even serving as a helper for the Belleville Bulls equipment staff when he was about 10 years old.
According to our sources, there will be additional players added to the invitee list later this month. Given how things have gone in pervious years, there’s a good chance the majority of kids invited to Development Camp will be asked to return in September.
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For more info on next week’s Dev Camp, including a list of six invited players, be sure to check out the link below. We’ve also added a link regarding the NHL Rookie Faceoff Tournament coming up next month.
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