Insiders, a quick injury update here from Anaheim –
LA Kings forward Quinton Byfield suffered a left-ankle fracture in last night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes and will be out indefinitely.
He has been placed on injured reserve and will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks.
Byfield, 19, was chosen second overall by the Kings in the 2020 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut last season on April 28 against the Anaheim Ducks. The 6-4, 215-pound center played six NHL games with the Kings, registering one assist – his first NHL point – on May 5 against the Arizona Coyotes. Prior to his NHL debut, the Newmarket, Ontario native made his professional debut with the Ontario Reign (AHL), where he compiled 20 points (8-12=20) in 32 contests.
Byfield suffered the injury during the third period of last night’s preseason game against Arizona. Initially deemed “week-to-week” earlier today, this obviously provides more clarity following further evaluation. Naturally, not the news anyone here wanted to see, considering Byfield’s strong preseason, but we press on and hope to see a full recovery in the coming weeks.
Regularly scheduled game thread to follow from Anaheim.