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Kings' Tyler Madden: Undergoes finger surgery
Madden underwent successful finger surgery Monday and is expected to be ready for training camp, John Hoven of SiriusXM NHL Network Radio reports.
Madden suffered the injury while playing on loan in Germany, and it looks like his season in the DEL is finished. Fortunately, it sounds like the 20-year-old will be ready to join the Kings for training camp before next season.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Alex Turcotte: Returns from loan spell
Turcotte terminated his loan stint with the Berlin Eisbaren on Friday.
With the DEL season still up in the air, Turcotte will return to Los Angeles to continue training ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. The 19-year-old center should be in the mix for a spot on the 23-man roster this year, likely in a bottom-six role, though he could certainly challenge for a bigger role during the year.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Tyler Madden: Suffers hand injury
Madden was released from his loan with the Berlin Eisbaren (DEL) on Friday after sustaining a hand injury.
Depending on his recovery timeline, Madden should be able to join the Kings for training camp but he'll likely be on the outside looking in for a spot on the 23-man roster. Still, the 20-year-old center should be on the list of potential call-ups from AHL Ontario during the upcoming season.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Bokondji Imama: Signs two-way deal with Kings
Imama signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Kings on Monday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Imama scored 14 points in 50 AHL games last season while racking up 134 PIM. The 24-year-old bruiser should spend most of next season in the minors again.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Quinton Byfield: Signs entry-level contract
Byfield signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings on Friday.
The Kings just drafted Byfield with the second overall pick in this year's draft. The 6-foot-5 18-year-old has legitimate star potential -- he was frequently compared to Anze Kopitar and Evgeni Malkin during the draft process -- but he's expected to play another year of juniors before making the jump to the NHL, so he won't be worth picking up in redraft formats. Byfield will, however, be a hot commodity in dynasty formats in next year's drafts.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Austin Strand: Gets two-way deal with Kings
Strand signed a one-year, two-way extension with the Kings on Monday, Kings beat writer John Hoven reports.
The 6-foot-4 blueliner has yet to make his NHL debut and has spent most of the last two seasons at the AHL level. In 41 games with AHL Ontario last season, Strand tallied eight goals and 15 points.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Mark Alt: Grabs two-way deal
Alt signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Kings on Saturday.
Alt spent the entire 2019-20 campaign in the minors with AHL Colorado in which he registered five goals and eight helpers. The 28-year-old blueliner is unlikely to see much in terms of NHL minutes this season and instead figures to serve as a veteran leader with AHL Ontario.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Troy Grosenick: Lands in Los Angeles
Grosenick signed a contract with the Kings on Saturday.
The 31-year-old netminder has played in just two NHL games during his career, but he's been a fantastic AHL goalie. Last season with AHL Milwaukee, Grosenick posted a .920 save percentage, a 2.29 GAA and a 20-9-3 record. He won't get an opportunity with the big club unless either Jonathan Quick or Cal Petersen get hurt, but he should give AHL Ontario a chance to win every night, something that will be key to developing the Kings' prospects.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Martin Chromiak: Stolen by Kings in Round 5
Chromiak was drafted 128th overall by the Kings at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
Chromiak spent the first half of his draft season playing in his native Slovakia before making the jump to OHL Kingston. He fit in extremely well in his new surroundings and displayed the ability to make plays on the smaller ice surfaces of North America. There are some minor concerns regarding Chromiak's lack of foot speed, but the consensus is that he moves well enough to potentially fill a middle-six role for Los Angeles down the road. Expect him to return to Kingston next season.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Alex Laferriere: Joins up with Kings in Round 3
Laferriere was drafted 83rd overall by the Kings at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
Not to be confused with the kid who went No. 1 overall in this year's draft, Laferriere is a right-handed shooting, right winger who averaged more than a point-per-game (19 goals, 45 points in 42 games) for Des Moines of the USHL this past season. Laferriere's hockey sense is high and he has displayed a willingness and ability to contribute in all three zones. Committed to Harvard, Laferriere is one of the draft's older players. He will turn 19 years of age in late October.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Kasper Simontaival: Talented forward heads to Kings
Simontaival was drafted 66th overall by the Kings at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
Simontaival's calling card is his ability to make plays at high speed. He possesses the ability to weave in and out of traffic and has the hands to set up his teammates with regularity. It's an intriguing skill set but there are clear drawbacks. Simontaival is undersized (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) and his defensive play needs work. He was dominant this past season (25 goals, 57 points in 48 games) for Tappara's U20 team in the Finnish Jr. league but was invisible in a brief four-game run with the men's team. Simontaival is your typical talented, draft-and-stash option.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Lias Andersson: Gets fresh start in Hollywood
Andersson has been traded to the Kings from the Rangers in exchange for a draft pick, reports Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca.
Andersson has been a bit of an enigma and the Kings will be his third team in a very short time. He was picked seventh overall in 2017 but hasn't really fit in the NHL (so far). Andersson is at home and playing in Sweden right now after requesting a trade, so a fresh start with the rebuilding Kings should give him every chance to show off his talents. If there's anywhere for this guy, it's LA -- his dad works for the Kings.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Brock Faber: Off to Hollywood
Faber was drafted 45th overall by the Kings at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
Faber's calling card is his mobility. He possesses the pure foot speed to eventually develop into an NHL regular at some point. Offensively, Faber tends to keep things simple. He's calm and composed and rarely makes mistakes with the puck. Faber's long-term upside is limited because he doesn't project as a power-play option down the road, but his steadiness is an asset at this point of the draft. One of the youngest players in the draft, Faber will stay home and attend the University of Minnesota this fall.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Helge Grans: Heads to L.A. at draft
Grans was drafted 35th overall by the Kings at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
A product of the Malmo program in Sweden, Grans split his season between the big club and their U20 junior club. Grans' calling card is his offensive production. He's your prototypical creative power-play quarterback, but he's raw. Grans displays outstanding vision and has displayed a strong understanding of when to join the rush to generate offensive chances. He also has plenty of size at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. Like many young players, Grans needs to work on his play in his own end but L.A. didn't draft him to log heavy defensive minutes. Consider him a project pick and wait until his game develops more before you add him to your dynasty roster.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Quinton Byfield: Crowned No. 2 overall in draft
Byfield was drafted second overall by the Kings at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Tuesday.
Byfield is a beast. He's one of the youngest guys in this draft class and is already 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds at just 18. He flat-out dominated the OHL, but not just because of his size. Byfield combines elite athleticism with top-end skill, strength and compete level. For all of Alexis Lafreniere's draft hype, this pivot might ultimately have a better NHL career (Byfield's production as a U18 was better than Lafreniere's at the same age.) His comparables are Anze Kopitar and Evgeni Malkin. Like just about every other big man, Byfield needs more development time, so don't expect him to be an elite fantasy option in 2020-21. That said, he's a future fantasy stud. Don't sleep on him in dynasty formats -- he's a guy you can build a title around.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Mikey Eyssimont: Re-signs with club
Eyssimont earned a one-year, two-way contract from Los Angeles on Monday.
Eyssimont was selected by the organization in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft coming out of St. Cloud State. In two seasons with AHL Ontario, the 24-year-old center racked up 22 goals and 26 assists in 119 appearances. Eyssimont will likely spend most of the upcoming campaign in the minors but could be in line to make his NHL debut at some point.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Matt Luff: Re-ups with team
Luff penned a one-year, two-way contract with Los Angeles on Monday, David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reports.
Luff played just 18 contests with the Kings last season in which he garnered one goal, four assists and 25 shots while averaging 10:22 of ice time. In the minors with AHL Ontario, the 23-year-old winger was significantly more productive with 24 points in 30 outings. Heading into next year, Luff should compete for a spot in the 23-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Olli Maatta: Heads to Hollywood
Maatta was traded to the Kings by the Blackhawks in exchange for forward Brad Morrison on Sunday.
Maatta will fill a big need for the Kings as a left-handed defenseman, as the 26-year-old supplied 17 points across 65 games last season. The Finn has averaged at least 18 minutes per contest in every season in the NHL, so expect him to take over in a top-4 defensive role for the Kings. The Blackhawks will retain $750,000 of Maatta's $4.08 million cap hit for 2020-21 per, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.... See More ... See Less