Budaj to attend camp; Sharipzyanov inked to ELC - LA Kings Insider

A few notes in advance of training camp:

-Goaltender Peter Budaj will attend training camp with the Los Angeles Kings on a PTO. Budaj, who turns 33 on the first day of camp, spent nine seasons with Colorado and Montreal from 2005-14 before posting a 0-9-6 record with a 3.55 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in 19 games with AHL-St. John’s last season. In 296 career NHL games, the Banská Bystrica, Slovakia native has a 124-107-36 record with a 2.76 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and 11 shutouts.

Keep in mind that J.F. Berube suffered an ankle injury in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Final. Though the ankle is healing, Budaj’s presence allows for additional goaltending depth and competition as Berube works his way back to full health. In other Ontario Reign news, Paul Bissonnette underwent off-season hernia surgery and won’t take part in the Kings’ training camp – Ontario’s camp is scheduled to open on September 28 – though he should still be around Toyota Sports Center.

Owen Sound Attack v London KnightsAs expected, defenseman Damir Sharipzyanov has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Kings. The Owen Sound rearguard posted nine goals and 34 points in 66 OHL games this season and was an impressive presence during development camp. Sharipzyanov will not be able to participate on-ice in rookie camp, as he’s recovering from a broken wrist suffered during Russia’s World Juniors development camp that required surgery, according to hockey ops. After he departs Southern California, he’ll return to Owen Sound for his 19-year-old major junior season. Sharipzyanov was ranked 176th in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings but did not make the final draft rankings. The official Kings release can be found here, for those interested.

Tri-City Americans v Kelowna Rockets - Game Two-Ty Comrie, younger brother (and current Tri-City Americans teammate) of Winnipeg prospect Eric Comrie, and younger half brother of former NHL center Mike Comrie, will participate in rookie camp on a tryout, according to hockey operations. Comrie, a Newport Beach native who previously played for the L.A. Junior Kings, posted seven goals and 21 points in 71 games with WHL-Tri-City last season. The 18-year-old was ranked 169th in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings but did not crack the final rankings and passed through the draft in June.

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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


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