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KINGS TRAINING CAMP NOTEBOOK IV

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

Thursday, Sept. 13

GAME DAY
The team was split into three groups today, with players from each of the three scrimmage teams being divided up into each squad. There were two non-playing groups and one group scheduled to play the Ducks tonight, more on that later. Tonight's game will be broadcast on KTLK AM 1150.

ROSTER FOR ANAHEIM
The Kings released the roster for the Anaheim Exhibition game. You can view it here, along with some notes for the game.

The defense that the team will travel will be composed of Richard Petiot, Jack Johnson, Rob Blake, Lubomir Visnovsky, Jon Klemm, Kevin Dallman, Jaroslav Modry, and Brian Boyle.

Appears to be a good mix of young and old. Interesting to see would be Brian Boyle, who is still in the transformation from forward to defense, playing in his first game against NHL opponents as a defenseman.

The forwards go free agent signee, Kyle Calder, Brian Willsie, Alexander Frolov, Kevin Westgarth, Raitis Ivanans, Southern California native Gabe Gauthier, Wayne Simmonds, Trevor Lewis, Matt Moulson and John Zeiler.

On the roster, only Lewis and Holloway are listed as centers and Zeiler has been getting a look there at camp, so he might also line up as a centerman.

In net, the team will bring Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg and Dan Cloutier. No word on who will start yet.

ONE 2007 DRAFT PICK MAKES THE TRIP
Wayne Simmonds, the Kings third pick of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, (second round, 61st overall pick) was the lone draftee selected to make the trip to Anaheim for the first preseason game. He has had a good camp. Simmonds, an18-year-old right wing is listed as 6-1, 162-pounds and is native of Scarborough, Ontario.

The Right Winger recorded 49 points (23-26=49) and 112 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games with Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League this past season.

THE NON-GAMERS
While the game group took part in a pre-game skate from 10:45-11:45, it was Training Camp as normal for the two non-playing groups with each doing an hour of conditioning and an hour of on-ice drills.

KINGS IN THE PRESEASON
The Kings have posted a winning preseason 17 straight years, having not been under .500 since the 1988-89 season, when the club went 2-5-2. Last year the club posted a 4-1-1 mark in the preseason.

TOMORROW’S SCHDEULE
Friday, Sept. 14, 2007
Practice – Split Squad #1: 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Practice – Split Squad #2: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Conditioning – Split Squad #1: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Conditioning – Split Squad #2: 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Practice – Split Squad #3: 2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

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