Scuderi, Latta on waivers; Setoguchi decision near - LA Kings Insider

The Los Angeles Kings placed Rob Scuderi and Michael Latta on waivers, according to both Twitter reports and a source in hockey operations, as the roster began to take shape on Monday.

Scuderi’s future veered towards the uncertain when he did not accompany the team to Las Vegas over the weekend to complete the preseason schedule, and Darryl Sutter noted that he had a “rough camp” and had sustained an injury in practice. Via hockey operations, a decision on Scuderi was expected by Monday.

Latta was caught up in a numbers game amidst a glut of similarly equipped and tenured forwards. He was a slightly longer shot to make the team than others, based on off-season correspondence.

The team is also nearing a decision on forward Devin Setoguchi, who attended training camp on a tryout, and “will be speaking with him after practice,” according to a source within hockey operations.

Setoguchi skated to the left of Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown on Monday via the color of their practice jersey and during line rushes.

No roster moves have been announced as of 10:00 Monday morning, but Michael Mersch, Paul LaDue, Adrian Kempe and Kurtis MacDermid were not on the ice with the team.

The Kings taking part in Monday’s practice were Jonathan Quick, Jeff Zatkoff, Matt Greene, Brayden McNabb, Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty, Tom Gilbert, Derek Forbort, Alec Martinez, Kevin Gravel, Teddy Purcell, Devin Setoguchi, Anze Kopitar, Kyle Clifford, Andy Andreoff, Nick Shore, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Brown, Nic Dowd, Tanner Pearson, Jordan Nolan, Tyler Toffoli, Dwight King and Jeff Carter. Teams must trim their roster to 23 players by 2:00 p.m. PT Tuesday; Shore’s presence at Monday’s skate was the first time he joined his teammates for practice since suffering an undisclosed injury early in an exhibition loss at Colorado on September 30.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

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


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

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

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


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

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


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.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


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.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


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.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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.