Life has a funny way of coming full-circle sometimes. Colin Fraser last dressed for an NHL game on March 29, as a member of the Edmonton Oilers against the Kings. Fraser suffered a broken foot, missed the rest of the season, got traded, became the focal point of a Kings-Oilers dispute and missed the first 15 games of this season as he recovered from foot surgery. Six-plus months later, Fraser will be back in the NHL tomorrow night, as he plays for the Kings against Vancouver.

FRASER: “It’s been a long road. If you date it back to when the injury first happened, last March, it feels like a really long time. But I’m really excited to maybe prove myself and prove what I’ve got, and hopefully I can stay in the lineup and bring some energy and bring something different to the team.’’

Question: You’ve just been skating and practicing, every day, since training camp. How hard has it been?

FRASER: “It’s been hard. With that being said, you’ve got to be a team guy. You can only carry 23 guys, and at the end of the day, we’ve got a good team here, a good group of guys. You never wish ill will upon anyone else, or anything selfish like that. But when you get your opportunity, you’ve got to take advantage of it and hopefully earn a job, a regular spot in the lineup.’’

Question: What should fans expect to see in your game?

FRASER: “I think a lot of energy. I’ll try to get in on the forecheck, and just good, quality minutes, doing little things. I’m not going to go out there and go end to end and go backhand top shelf or anything fancy like that, like Kopi or something. Very simple, not a lot of mistakes and just try to put in some quality minutes.’’

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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