Kings-Golden Knights rookie games officially announced - LA Kings Insider

On Friday the Kings officially released the dates and times of their rookie games against the Vegas Golden Knights, announcing that they will take place on Tuesday, September 12 at 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. Tickets for each game will be available for purchase on the day of at TSC for $10. Proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit the Kings Care Foundation.

The second game had previously been reported as a 10:00 a.m. start but has been moved back to accommodate training camp, which officially opens that Wednesday. Rookie camp is scheduled to take place at Toyota Sports Center from September 8-13. All on-ice rookie and training camp sessions are open to the public, free of charge.

Recently, Kings rookies faced Coyotes rookies in 2014, 2015 and 2016, traveling to Glendale, Arizona for the 2014 and 2016 series. In 2013, the team played a home-and-home against Ducks rookies after having hosted Coyotes rookies in 2011. No rookie games were held in 2012. More context on the history of Pacific Division rookie games and tournaments can be found here.

There will be a number of compelling players on the ice, given the high marks both teams received from their 2017 drafts. Vegas was in a position to stockpile talent after collecting a number of draft picks through assets exchanged around the expansion draft, and ultimately claimed 12 players, including first round draft picks Cody Glass (sixth overall), Nick Suzuki (13th overall) and Erik Brannstrom (15th overall). 44 players were invited to the Golden Knights’ first development camp. Los Angeles, like Vegas, also received an “A+” grade from The Hockey News based on their seven players chosen, which includes highly touted forwards Gabriel Vilardi (11th overall) and Jaret Anderson-Dolan (41st overall), as well a number of other intriguing prospects including goaltender Matthew Villalta and defensemen Mikey Anderson and Markus Phillips. Anderson is an NCAA-based prospect and therefore not eligible to attend training camp. Full rookie and training camp rosters will be announced at a later date.

2017 first round picks Nick Suzuki, Cody Glass and Erik Brannstrom /// Jeff Vinnick/NHLI

BONUS! Sam Herr is returning to Ontario:

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D


Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.