Here are the new developments in the Kings training camp schedule:
The Kings will open camp Friday, September 19th at Toyota Sports Center. NHL training camps officially open Thursday, September 18th. Jon Rosen @LAKingsInsider reported yesterday that training camp will shift after Saturday, September 20th to Staples Center, due to unfinished renovations in player and personnel areas of the facility. Toyota Sports Center includes three public rinks (NHL, Olympic, and a condensed size) that are home to amateur, and youth hockey leagues as well as training figure skaters.
A combined basketball facility is part of the same location and is the home area of the NBA Development League Los Angeles Defenders. The Los Angeles Lakers also use Toyota Sports Center as a practice and training camp facility, though the L.A. Times reported in April that the Lakers are looking to build a new practice facility.
Rosen also reported that goaltender Jeff Deslauriers has been invited to attend Kings training camp. Deslauriers will be at camp on a tryout
basis as the Kings look to add to their already impressive depth at the goaltender position. Other goaltenders under contract include: Jonathan Quick – the starter and one of the best in the world, backup Martin Jones, American Hockey League up-and-comer Jean-Francois Berube, and
Western Hockey League prospect Patrik Bartosak.
Deslauriers was selected in the second round, 31st overall, in the 2002 NHL entry draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Since that time he has seen limited experience in the NHL. In 62 career games Deslauriers has a .901 save percentage (SV%), and 3.24 Goals Against Average (GAA) in games for the Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks. Deslauriers has bounced around in the AHL alternating between nine different teams (including Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins twice) since the 2004-2005 season when he turned pro. That’s nine teams in nine years, and that doesn’t include NHL call-ups! His performance with Wilkes-Barre in 2013-2014 season left him with an unimpressive .895 SV% and a 2.58 GAA.
Perhaps Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi is hoping this road warrior can lend some of his experience to the Kings younger crop of goaltenders. Deslaurier will enter camp at age 30; older than all goaltenders under contract with the Kings.