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KINGS TRAINING CAMP NOTEBOOK II

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LAKings.com will cover every day of the 2007 Training Camp.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Sept. 10

A NEW J-S. IN TOWN
Jean-Sebastien Aubin pitched a shutout during the second of two scrimmages at Kings training camp on Tuesday. Aubin signed with the Kings on Aug. 28 in hopes of challenging Dan Cloutier and Jason LaBarbera for a roster spot in 2007-08.

“I need to be ready when I play in preseason games,” Aubin said. “You want to get off to a good start. It is important to make a good first impression on the ice. Things went well today and I was very comfortable in net and I was patient, which is my game.”

The eight-year NHL veteran was 3-5-2 in 20 games last season as a backup for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 5-11, 180-pound Aubin became expandable when the Leafs acquired goaltender Vesa Toskala from San Jose to join Andrew Raycroft as the club’s netminder.

“The Kings called and we got to talk for about a week. It was good to see that they were interested in me.”

Aubin has posted a 75-77-15 mark with a 2.91 GAA and a .901 SV% in 199 starts for the Penguins and Maple Leafs since being drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round, 76th overall in 1995.

“I just have to go about my business and make sure that I am doing well on the ice.”

TEAM GORING AND TEAM MURPHY SPLIT PAIR OF SCRIMMAGES
Team GORING and Team MURPHY split a pair of scrimmages today with Team MURPHY taking the opening game, 5-2 and Team GORING shutting out Team MURPHY, 2-0 in the second of the back-to-back 25-minute scrimmages.

Wayne Simmonds put Team MURPHY up, 1-0 just 1:20 into the opening game scoring on a breakaway penalty shot, un assisted. Kyle Calder bolstered the lead, corralling a turnover at center ice and skating in for a 2-0 lead less than a minute later.

Kevin Dallman then halved the advantage scoring on a slap shot and Ned Lukacevic knotted the game at 18:47 scoring on a rebound with Derek Armstrong and Josh Kidd earning assists on the play.

Team MURPHY scored the next three goals unanswered to seal the win.

Brady Murray continued his strong showing in camp putting Team MURPHY up 3-2 and scoring what turned out to be the game winner off assists from Calder and Trevor Lewis at 10:15. Lubomir Visnovsky lit the lamp at 6:52 scoring off assists from Armstrong and Raitis Ivanans.

Alexander Frolov completed the scoring with an empty netter with 42 seconds remaining for a 5-2 win.

Jason LaBarbera surrendered just the two goals playing all 25 minutes while Erik Ersberg surrendered five for Team GORING.

In the second game, Jean-Sebastien Aubin looked good in net, stopping all of Team MURPHY’s shots as Team GORING salvaged a split of the two scrimmages with a 2-0 win.

Vladimir Dravecky scored the game winner just 56 seconds into the game, taking a shot from the right face off circle and collecting his own rebound and beating goaltender Daniel Taylor for a 1-0 lead.

Dravecky also earned an assist on Teddy Purcell’s empty net goal with less than a minute remaining to complete the scoring. Anze Kopitar also earned an assist on the play.

YOUNG AND OLD
Whereas yesterday, the Kings put together some line combinations and defensive pairings that might be seen during the 2007-08 season, today, the Kings juggled their lines and defensive pairings to get a look at some of the young players paired with vets.

Defensively, Thomas Hickey was paired with Rob Blake and Lubomir Visnovsky mentored Brian Boyle.

“Yesterday we gave a look at what we thought will be our line combinations and defense pairs, though they are not written in stone,” Head coach Marc Crawford said. “Today we wanted to see our prospects play with veterans. We tried to give guys that we think are going to be Kings in the future a chance to see how close they are and how well they match up with the veterans.

“It was great to see some of our young guys and see that they are close and that they are going to push for jobs.”

GET READY FOR THE SEASON…NO RUSH
With the opening the 2007-08 season in London England on Sept. 29 and 30, as well as playing in an exhibition in Austria on Sept. 25 and 26, the Kings have less than the typical amount of time to prepare for the season considering all of the travel.

GM Dean Lombardi commented on that topic today during a conference call with the league.

“What you lose, I think, is that the kids, you don't get them in those games or be able to spend the time with them, and it's not necessarily going to pay off now but down the road. I think it's a great experience for some of these kids to be paired with a Rob Blake or an Alexander Frolov or something like that, that they can take back with them, or they get in a couple extra exhibition games and they can go back and say, whoa, this league is pretty hard, or conversely, wow, I can play here some day.

“As an intangible you can't always put your finger on it, but that's what you lose here, because it cuts down on our exhibition games, which ordinarily on the front end would go to some young players to give them some experience. You've got to get down to your team sooner and I think you lose your development time.”

Marc Crawford also commented on the effects of the London Trip on training camp.

“We will still give opportunities to some young players and give a look at some of the quality AHL guys, but they understand it will not be like a normal training camp when you have the eight or nine exhibitions stretched out over three weeks and you can take your time in making decisions. We know we do not have that luxury this year and we know that and we are going to do what we need to do to adjust to be ready for those two games in London.”

TOMORROW’S SCHEDULE
Practice – Team A and Team C : 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Game - Team A vs. Team C: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Practice – Team B: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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