|Jarret Stoll hit the ice for the first time this training camp on Thursday.
Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll
skated for the first time in training camp, participating in a two-hour practice with the rest of the Kings that will not be playing in Thurday night’s game vs. the San Jose Sharks.
"It was great to get back out there, just to be out with the guys again, be around the rink and get out on the ice and get the legs going," Stoll said. "You can only do so many off-ice workouts before getting on the ice. It was kind of a weird situation with me but it is going in the right direction and I am cleared to start working out so it feels good."
Stoll, who is suffering from an arthritic condition in his right wrist, has been doing off-ice activities and training at Toyota Sports Center, the official practice facility of the Kings, where LA has been skating since camp opened up on Sunday.
"I felt pretty good," Stoll said of his workout. "I have been getting some extra work in the gym and making sure I catch up to these guys. Any time you miss training camp, a couple of days here and there, it is going to hurt, you are not going to be up to speed with the guys who have been here since day one.
"Like I said, I felt pretty good and I am pretty happy with where I am right now."
Stoll, 27, was tied for fourth on the Kings with 18 goals and ranked fifth on the team with 41 points in 2007-08, his first season with the Kings. Stoll ranked second on the Kings with 10 power-play goals and is expected to see significant time on the Kings power play in 2009-10.
"I felt better than I thought actually," Stoll said. "I didn’t know how my legs were going to feel or how my shot was going to be, but I felt pretty good, better than I thought."
Playing in Stoll’s spot in training camp and in the Kings first pre-season game, has been second-year forward Oscar Moller, centering on the Kings second line for wingers Teddy Purcell and Dustin Brown.
Moller recorded an assist in the Kings 4-3 win over Phoenix on Thursday.
Stoll had played in 126 consecutive games from Dec. 10, 2007 to March 26, 2008 before being sidelined for the remainder of the 2008-09 season with a groin injury (eight games). Stoll was also the Kings top face off man, finishing the season ranked seventh in the NHL with a 57.2 face off winning percentage.
"You have to work at it a little bit to get that timing back, the hand-eye coordination you need to work on it," Stoll said. "You need to play with other players and battle; you don’t just want to jump into it. Pre-season games are good for that but you still want to be successful out there when you are taking the draws. It’s a part of the game that you want to improve at and be ready for the start of the season.
"But like many other things, you can always work on stuff after practice and before practice to get ready."