After today’s roster cuts, this is the list of remaining players in Kings training camp. (A list of the players, with bios, can be found by clicking here)
Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford, Rich Clune, Michal Handzus, Ray Kaunisto, Anze Kopitar, Trevor Lewis, Andrei Loktionov, Oscar Moller, Scott Parse, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Brad Richardson, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Jarret Stoll, Ryan Smyth, Kevin Westgarth, Justin Williams, John Zeiler.
Andrew Campbell, Davis Drewiske, Drew Doughty, Johan Fransson, Peter Harrold, Thomas Hickey, Jack Johnson, Alec Martinez, Willie Mitchell, Jake Muzzin, Rob Scuderi.
Jonathan Bernier, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Quick.
Marc-Andre Cliche, F; Matt Greene, D; Colten Teubert, D; Viatcheslav Voynov, D.
Here’s some roster analysis as well…
I’m told that the Kings will alter their schedule going forward, and go to one practice group, starting at 10 a.m. That will make for some busy ice. Do the math, and you’ll see that the Kings need to make 10 more cuts to get to 23 (presuming that none of the four injured players will be ready to go on Oct. 9).
Break it down further, and presume that 11 forwards (I’m including Westgarth) have secured roster spots. Presume that Kaunisto probably isn’t going to make it. That leaves, in my opinion, one spot for either Clune or Zeiler (I think one will make it, but not both…probably Clune) and two spots up for competition from among a group of five: Clifford, Lewis, Loktionov, Moller, Schenn. At this point, that’s anybody’s guess.
On defense, presume that five defensemen — including Drewiske but not including the injured Greene — have secured spots. That leaves two spots up for competition from among a group of six: Campbell, Fransson, Harrold, Hickey, Martinez and Muzzin. The wild card in all of this could be Harrold. Since he can play forward, it leaves open the possibility that the Kings could carry one spare forward and two spare defensemen (including the hybrid Harrold). That doesn’t seem likely to me, though.
In goal, the math is clear. Either Bernier or Ersberg is sticking around, but not both (barring injury). Again, with the possible exception of Corey Elkins, this is playing out pretty much as we expected so far. Manchester Monarchs camp is scheduled to open Tuesday at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.