Kings announce rookie camp details, roster - Camp to begin on Sept. 7 - LA Kings Insider

Some hockey news! The Kings have announced details around Rookie Camp, scheduled to begin on Friday, September 7 at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, with on-ice sessions at 10 AM and 4 PM. As previously announced, the Kings will also participate in the 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff from September 8 through September 11 in Vegas – The Kings will play three games at that tournament, coming against Anaheim (9/8), Arizona (9/9), and Vegas (9/11). Rookie camp will conclude on Tuesday, September 12 at TSC with on-ice sessions at 10 AM and 4 PM.

Also coming in today is the rookie camp roster, headlined by 2017 first-round pick Gabriel Vilardi along with several other highly touted prospects.

Here’s all of your info from today’s announcement:

First Things First

Vilardi is the biggest name on this release as he is scheduled to make his Kings rookie camp debut. Vilardi missed last season’s rookie camp and scrimmages against Vegas with an injury. Vilardi is the lone first-round pick on the Kings rookie camp roster with 2018 first-round selection Rasmus Kupari previously loaned to Karpat of the Finnish League, where he will spend the 2018-19 season.

Guess Who’s Back

12 players from last season’s rookie camp roster return for the 2018 edition – Not included in that number are Vilardi and Wagner, who were on the roster but did not participate due to injury. Included in that count are second-round picks Kale Clague (2016) and Jaret Anderson-Dolan (2017), as well as third round selection Matt Villalta (2017).

Also included in that roster is forward Matt Luff, who led the Kings rookies with three points in a pair of rookie games against Vegas in 2017. Anderson-Dolan (1-1-2) and forward Philippe Maillet (1-1-2) are also returnees that had multiple points last season.

You’re Invited

Three players – Nathan Dunkley, Michal Ivan and Mark Rassell are on the roster as Camp Invitees. All three players are familiar faces that attended the Kings 2018 Development Camp earlier this summer. Dunkley, a forward, scored at just under a point-per-game pace in the OHL last season (57 points from 60 games) with Kingston and London. Ivan, the lone defenseman invited, split last season between playing professionally in Slovakia with HKM Zvolen and in the QMJHL with Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Rassell, a forward, spent the 2017-18 season in the WHL with Medicine Hat, where he collected 80 points from 70 games played, including 50 goals, which ranked fourth in the league.

Make It Reign

This season’s rookie camp roster features defenseman Daniel Brickley, who made his professional debut with the Kings last season, and nine players that played pro hockey last season with Ontario. Seven of those players (Anderson-Dolan, Eyssimont, Imama, Luff, Wagner, Walker, Watson) come to rookie camp on Kings contracts while the other two (Bauman, Maillet) are on AHL deals with the Reign. Also on the roster is blueliner Chaz Reddekopp, who did not skate with the Reign last season but did appear in two games with the AHL team in the 2016-17 season.

The Other Guys

All five other teams participating in the tournament have also announced their rosters – Links for those teams below

Anaheim
Arizona
Colorado
San Jose
Vegas

*Updated To Reflect Vegas Roster Announcement*

Where To Watch
Both practice days in El Segundo are open to the public – Tickets for the Kings’ three games in Vegas can be purchased HERE. Note that Game 1 is listed as sold out and Game 2 is listed as standing room only.

Photos from 2017 Rookie Games, courtesy Jon Bradley

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.
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Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Birthplace: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Position: D

Bio

Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.
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Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.
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