Budaj to Reign; final decisions coming - LA Kings Insider

The Kings made one roster move on Sunday, assigning goaltender Peter Budaj to AHL-Ontario. With the team’s goaltending officially set – Jeff Zatkoff will back-up Jonathan Quick – the move leaves the club with 28 skaters battling for 21 spots. The 23-man roster must be submitted by 2:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, and I’ve heard from hockey operations that the final decisions on players are likely to be made Monday afternoon.

Goalies (2): Quick, Zatkoff
Defensemen (11): Greene, McNabb, Muzzin, Scuderi, Doughty, Gilbert, Forbort, Martinez, LaDue, Gravel, MacDermid
Forwards (17): Purcell, Setoguchi, Kopitar, Clifford, Andreoff, Latta, Shore, Lewis, Brown, Kempe, Mersch, Dowd, Pearson, Nolan, Toffoli, King, Carter

It appears as though several defensemen can already be omitted from that group. Rob Scuderi’s future with the organization is unclear, and on Friday, while acknowledging that the veteran defenseman had sat down with Dean Lombardi following a “rough” camp in which he sustained an undisclosed injury, Darryl Sutter underscored his admiration for the 783-game pro. “I have way too much respect for Scuds … to even to get into any of that,” he said. Hockey ops has said that his situation will be addressed Monday. Also, it shouldn’t surprise anyone when hard-nosed 22-year-old Kurtis MacDermid, who has remained up for the entirety of camp and has drawn acknowledge from up above for his development and tenacity, is reassigned to Ontario, giving the team a pool of nine defensemen from which the team will select either seven or eight. Michael Mersch, Kevin Gravel and Adrian Kempe are players who wouldn’t have to clear waivers to be assigned to Ontario.

The Kings open the season at San Jose on Wednesday, October 12. Have at the final roster.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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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

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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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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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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