There’s a palpable sense of excitement for Quinton Byfield’s NHL debut tonight, and Trevor Moore certainly feels like the LA Kings’ prospect is ready.
While they continue to battle for a playoff spot and are hoping to build off their win on Monday night, the LA Kings have extra incentive for fans to tune in to their game tonight. So, while the Kings look to continue their success against the Anaheim Ducks, they will be looking to do so with Quinton Byfield, who makes his much-anticipated NHL debut.
Since being promoted to the Kings’ taxi squad on Monday, the anticipation set in as Byfield would soon be donning a Kings uniform. When that was exactly was unknown until Wednesday morning when Todd McLellan announced that the 2020 second overall pick would be in the lineup tonight.
While Byfield himself is certainly excited for this evening, the same thing can be said for his teammates, including Trevor Moore, who spoke with the media following practice on Wednesday.
From an observational standpoint, the Thousand Oaks native offered his insights on Byfield’s progress this week and whether he noticed his teammates keeping an attentive eye on their new teammate.
“For sure,” Moore said. “I think a lot of eyes around him the last year, you know, yesterday whenever he came in, he’s obviously very talented.
“So, everyone’s watching him. I think everyone’s excited about the future and what he brings.”
For Moore, he can relate to Byfield first-hand as a new player focusing on making a good first impression.
“Yeah, for sure,” No. 12 added. “You know, you don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, but I think that he’s done a good job of fitting in and asking those questions. He’s done his time in the minors. He’s done well, he’s got his confidence, so, you know, he’s a really good player, and he feels good about it.”
Trevor Moore has easily been one of the most pleasant surprises for the LA this season.
In 46 games, he has nine goals and 11 assists but also made his mark as a gritty, hard-working player who has established himself as a reliable 200-foot player.
There may be some distinct differences between Moore and Quinton Byfield, but both competitors share high levels of passion and drive. The latter just hopes that he can contribute as best as he can with the big club.
In 30 games for the Ontario Reign this season, Byfield has eight goals and 12 assists. After a slow start to the season, the former Sudbury Wolf enjoyed a resurgence in the latter half of the season. How he fares in Los Angeles will be seen in due time, but regardless, Wednesday night will mark an exciting for both player and franchise.