The Kings’ “utility player” player, Peter Harrold, will play his first game of the season as a winger tonight. Last season, Harrold split his time — in games and practices — between defense and forward, and even played some center. He’s seen as an option at forward because he has the ability to skate well, pass well and get pucks to the net, and obviously he has the ability to be a solid defensive forward. Here’s what Harrold said this morning about the switch…
Question: It’s clearly a different position, but how much does it change the way you approach the game?
HARROLD: “It’s a different mindset. You have to make sure you’re in the right position on breakouts, in the neutral zone and the offensive zone. I think most of the guys on the team know both positions just from watching, knowing where the other guys are going to be, so it’s not too big of a transition.”
Question: Do you sit down with Lewis and Richardson before the game just to make sure you’re on the same page?
HARROLD: “I’m sure I’ll have a couple questions for them, ask them where they want me to be in certain situations. I’ll just talk to them and I’m sure they will let me know. They’re helpful.”
Question: It’s a way for you to stay in the lineup at least, right?
HARROLD: “It’s fine with me. Whatever keeps me playing, I’ll just try to help any way I can.”
Question: Can you also play goal? Brad Richardson said he can play goal…
HARROLD: “No, I can’t. … Richie said he’s pretty good, but he’s a bit of liar sometimes. [laughs]”