EL SEGUNDO -
|Though Oscar Moller (52) and Wayne Simmonds (61) were drafted in the same draft class of 2007, only Simmer has secured a spot on the Kings roster as Moller was assigned to Manchester on Monday.
The Kings’ practice ice got a little less crowded Monday morning after four players were assigned to Manchester, unofficially leaving 29 players on the NHL roster. (Roster
Forward Oscar Moller and defensemen Andrew Campbell
, Johan Fransson
and Alec Martinez
were assigned to Monarchs camp, leaving the Kings with 27 healthy bodies heading into Tuesday’s preseason game against Anaheim at STAPLES Center. Scott Parse
remains day-to-day with groin and toe injuries, and Matt Greene
(shoulder surgery) is expected to miss the first month of the season. Marc-Andre Cliche
, Ray Kaunisto
, Colten Teubert and Viatcheslav Voynov technically remain on the Kings’ training-camp roster, but all are injured and eventually will be assigned to Manchester. Cliche will go to Manchester if he clears waivers Tuesday.
So with less than two weeks before the start of the season (Oct. 9 in Vancouver), the Kings’ roster is starting to take shape, particularly on the back end.
In goal, Jonathan Quick
is the No. 1 goalie, and the Kings will choose between Erik Ersberg and Jonathan Bernier
for the backup spot.
On defense, it seems as though rookies Thomas Hickey
and Jake Muzzin
are competing for the one remaining spot, with Drew Doughty
, Willie Mitchell
, Rob Scuderi
, Jack Johnson, Davis Drewiske
and Peter Harrold having holds on spots.
Hickey, 21, was the Kings’ first-round pick in 2007, but injuries limited him to 19 AHL games last season, his first pro season. Muzzin, 21, was the OHL’s top defenseman last season and was signed by the Kings as an undrafted free agent last season.
Hickey and Muzzin are both expected to be in the lineup Tuesday against the Ducks.
"Both have played well," coach Terry Murray said. "I like Muzzin's game. I don't know him that well, but he has come in with the right attitude and in good shape. He has played good in his game. He's a big-bodied guy. On the other side, Hickey is the opposite kind of player. He's a puck-possession player who sees the ice and moves the puck. He's a power-play guy that has to be real good in those special-team areas in order to crack that spot. So we're looking forward to seeing how he plays."
Up front, the Kings have six players -- Kyle Clifford
, Rich Clune
, Trevor Lewis
, Andrei Loktionov
, Brayden Schenn and John Zeiler -- competing for either two or three spots. GETTING CLOSE
The Kings have three preseason games remaining. After tomorrow, they play Colorado in Las Vegas on Saturday and play at Anaheim on Sunday.
Murray said Quick will play the full game on Tuesday and will play one of the two weekend games. Murray said he hadn’t decided whether Bernier or Ersberg would start the other game.
Bernier has started two preseason games so far (and played five periods) while Ersberg, who suffered a hand injury last week, has yet to appear in a preseason game.
"(Quick is) the starting goaltender for us, and I want to give him the opportunity to get himself ready, and I think two games will do that," Murray said. "Then I have to make the decision on the third (game).’' INJURY REPORT
Parse left practice halfway through Sunday’s session and did not participate in any of Monday’s practice. Murray said Parse will not play Tuesday against the Ducks.
"He just needs a little bit of time to get his body recovered and get back on the ice, and stay, and get ready to go," Murray said.
Greene has been participating in post-practice conditioning skating. LOOKING AHEAD
The Kings are scheduled for a 10 a.m. morning skate in El Segundo on Tuesday, then will play the Ducks at STAPLES Center at 7:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live on LAKings.com and will be broadcast on 1150-AM and affiliates. Click here
for more information on the Kings Live Stream for Tuesday.