As they Kings prepare to open camp, here are five things to watch in Los Angeles:
1- The Goaltenders
Assume that Potvin and Storr are going to share the duties this season. How much sharing will be done? If Storr is indeed the future at the position, he needs more time. Perhaps the bigger issue is what will be behind these two in the system? B.J. Boxma appears to have the job in Reading if he wants it, and assume Huet gets the #2 spot in Manchester behind Travis Scott. Does Matthew Yeats get a shot at all?
There is a spot up for grabs and Andreas Lilja appears to be the frontrunner based on how he finished last season, but Joe Corvo may have the nod because he has a better offensive game. If one appears to emerge as the #6 guy, do they send the other one to Manchester or keep him around playing every 10 games at best? If they elect to send one down, they have signed Chris McAlpine, who has handled this type of sporadic playing time in the past.
The rest of the defenseman will also need to show where their games are. Players like Richard Seeley, Mike Pudlick, Joe Rullier and Jason Crain need to show if should be buying or renting in Manchester.
Will Pavel Rosa and Steve Heinze pull themselves off the scrap heap? Heinze was a disappointment along the lines of Steve Duschesne’s last stint with the Kings. He clearly has NHL skills, but needs to mesh his game to the King’s style. Pavel Rosa went overseas to straighten out his game. Did he come back to claim his spot as an AHL veteran or NHL prosp Read more»