With the Kings’ Development Camp still fresh in many of the Kings faithful’s memories, the major question most ask is, what are the chances that a young prospect will grab a roster spot come time for next season. The probability that any prospect will land a spot on the Kings’ roster is slim, being that the Kings are pretty much set on the offensive side of the puck.
The top six spots for the Kings are locked up, with Kopitar, Penner, Richards, Gagne, Brown, and Williams. Those two lines possibly shaping up, with Kopitar between Penner and Brown, leaving Richards to center Gagne and Williams. The next group being Clifford, Stoll, Richardson, Parse, Westgarth and Loktionov.
Not too many holes to fill.
That last group of players pretty much locks up the depth spots, leaving no room for any up and comers to really take a shot at opening night’s roster. The one vulnerable spot that may be up for grabs would probably be a fourth line winger but most see Loktionov grabbing that spot.
Of course this is all assuming that everyone stays healthy and there are no injuries, but knowing Lombardi and Murray they wont hesitate to give a young gun a chance to jump in a game or two when given the oppurtunity. However, if a player is called up they probably will not stay there for too long once the player they were replacing has healed up.
There is no point in them being a healthy scratch and sitting in the press box for a prolonged period of time. When they could be playing and taking steps towards being a regular on the nightly roster.
Obviously if a player has an unbelievable camp, and a great showing during some of the Kings exhibition games they may give Loktionov a run for that last wing spot. But they would really have to present Murray and Lombardi with something they just cant pass up.
The Kings’ first preseason game, against the Phoenix Coyotes is just over a month away watch for some of the Kings top prospects to make a strong push for that last winger position.