The days are flying by now! Rookie Camp is about to begin later this week, which actually consists of little more than medical check-ins and a quick twirl around the ice, then a few dozen Kings prospects are off to Las Vegas for the 2023 Rookie Faceoff tournament.
Below is a myriad of information to get you primed and ready for what’s to come.
RANDOM ROSTER NOTES
— Top defensive prospect Brandt Clarke is not scheduled to attend Rookie Camp. He’ll be heading to Australia with a contingent of 28 LA players, as reported here a few days ago. Alex Turcotte and Sammy Fagemo will also be on that trip Down Under.
— Akil Thomas is an interesting candidate. Roster rules for the Rookie Faceoff tournament have been hotly debated by several teams for many years now. For example, one of the general rules was believed to be players had to have less than 100 pro games played. Let’s just say, there were quite a few players over that limit (on other clubs) the first two years of the tournament. If that rule holds true, though, Thomas could be used here. The Kings are light on the number of forwards needed (i.e. there are 11 names listed below and they’ll want to carry at least 14-15). Due to injuries, Thomas has only played 93 AHL games thus far.
— With 133 games of NHL experience now, Tyler Madden is most likely ineligible to play in the tournament again this year.
— Off to college… the following players were at Development Camp in July, but are now back in school: Kenny Connors (UMass), Jack Hughes (Northeastern), Jared Wright (Denver University), Braden Doyle (Northeastern), Ben Meehan (UMass Lowell), and Ryan Conmy (Univ. of New Hampshire). They will not return to LA until next year.
— Goaltender Juho Markkanen is not expected to come over from Europe to participate this year.
— Netminder Jacob Ingham may not be used for the tournament, but will join the club for their SoCal portion of training camp when they get back from Vegas. He’s fully recovered from back surgery and ready to go.
— Camp invitee Easton Armstrong is the son of former Kings center Derek Armstrong.
— More on another one of the invitees…
LA Kings continue to turn over every rock when searching for goaltending talent…
As such, look for Jacob Oster to attend Rookie Camp in September.
He's 19 years old, started his career with the Guelph Storm and then was traded to Oshawa Generals at the OHL Trade Deadline. pic.twitter.com/xCQrpHTS5s
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DRAFT: KINGS 2023 ROOKIE CAMP ROSTER
87 Sam Alfano — (camp invitee, OHL)
76 Easton Armstrong — (camp invitee, WHL)
42 Martin Chromiak – Ontario Reign
79 Samuel Helenius – Ontario Reign
74 Aatu Jamsen – Pelicans (Liiga)
78 Alex Laferriere – Ontario Reign
88 Kaleb Lawrence – Owen Sound (OHL)
26 Andre Lee – Ontario Reign
38 Francesco Pinelli – Kitchener (OHL)
40 Sean Tschigerl (camp invitee, WHL)
89 Koehn Ziemmer — Prince George (WHL)
81 Angus Booth – Shawinigan (QMJHL)
54 Jakub Dvorak – Liberec Bili Tygri HC (Czech)
58 Cole Krygier – Ontario Reign
43 Matthew Mania – Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
71 Samuel Mayer – (camp invitee, OHL)
83 Hunter Mayo (camp invitee, WHL)
70 Kim Nousiainen – Ontario Reign
59 Jack Sparkes – Muskegon (USHL)
65 Jacob Oster – (camp invitee, OHL)
1 Erik Portillo – Ontario Reign
2023 ROOKIE FACEOFF SCHEDULE
Friday, Sept. 15
Game 1 – SJS vs. LAK, 1 pm PT
Game 2 – ARI vs. COL, 3:30 pm PT
Game 3 – ANA vs. VGK, 7 pm PT
Saturday, Sept. 16
Game 1 – LAK vs. ARI, 3:30 pm PT
Game 2 – VGK vs. SJS, 7 pm PT
Sunday, Sept. 17
Game 1 – COL vs. ANA, 1 pm PT
Monday, Sept. 18
Game 1 – ARI vs. SJS, 10 pm PT
Game 2 – ANA vs. LAK, 12:30 pm PT
Game 3 – COL vs. VGK, 3 pm PT
NOTE: All Kings games will be available via stream (link will be available on Friday)
ROSTERS FOR THE OTHER TEAMS
Anaheim’s roster features their last three first-round selections: center Leo Carlsson (second overall in 2023), defenseman Pavel Mintyukov (10th overall in 2022) and center Nathan Gaucher (22nd overall in 2022). Additionally, Anaheim’s three prospects named Defenseman of the Year in 2023 in each of the three Canadian Hockey Leagues (OHL, QMJHL, WHL) will participate in the tournament, including Mintyukov (OHL), Tristan Luneau (QMJHL) and Olen Zellweger (WHL). Full roster available here.
Arizona’s roster features four former first-round picks in Logan Cooley (3rd overall, 2022), Conor Geekie (11th overall, 2022) Maveric Lamoureux (29th overall, 2022) and Dylan Guenther (9th overall, 2021) along with 2021 second round selection Josh Doan. Full roster available here.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose’s roster features 2023 draft selections Quentin Musty, Kasper Halttunen, Luca Cagnoni, along with several Sharks and San Jose Barracuda players Thomas Bordeleau, Brandon Coe, William Eklund, Danil Gushchin, Tristen Robins, Henry Thrun, and Shakir Mukhamadullin. Full roster available here.
Vegas Golden Knights
The roster for this year’s host team will include several of their 2023 draft picks: Mathieu Cataford, Arttu Karki, and Tuomas Uronen; plus players like Daniil Chayka, Brendan Brisson, and Ty Cheveldayoff.
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