Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kings Release Their Training Camp Roster

The Kings are another step closer to the start of training camp with the release of their training camp roster.  A few of the rookies have been dispatched from the list and a number of bubble players have been added and we now have ourselves a fairly solid group of players who are going to compete for jobs in Los Angeles.

There looks to be some extra room up among the forwards, with only ten forwards on the Summer roster at the beginning of camp, while there should be an audition spot on the blueline, as Matt Greene recovers from off-season shoulder surgery. 

Anze KopitarDrew DoughtyJonathan Quick
Dustin BrownJack JohnsonErik Ersberg
Ryan SmythWillie Mitchell
Alex PonikarovskyRob Scuderi
Jarret StollMatt Greene
Michal HandzusDavis Drewiske
Wayne SimmondsPeter Harrold
Justin Williams
Brad Richardson
Scott Parse
Justin AzevedoAndrew CampbellJonathan Bernier
Marc-Andre ClicheAlec MartinezJeff Zatkoff
Richard CluneVyacheslav VoynovJ-F Berube
Kyle CliffordNicolas DeslauriersMartin Jones
Robert CzarnikJohan Fransson
Corey ElkinsSamuel Groulx
Bud HollowayThomas Hickey
Ray KaunistoDavid Kolomatis
Dwight KingPatrick Mullen
Brandon KozunJacob Muzzin
Trevor LewisColten Teubert
Andrei Loktionov
David Meckler
Oscar Moller
Jordan Nolan
Michael Pelech
Brayden Schenn
Tyler Toffoli
Linden Vey
Jordan Weal
Kevin Westgarth
John Zeiler

Salary CapWith 10 forwards, seven defense and two goalies on the Summer roster (including Greene, who may be back before 10 games), plus one buyout on the books, the Kings are sitting at $52.3 million in annual cap space taken up.  The addition of three or four players could cost the Kings anywhere between $2 and $5 million, which still leaves the team with some flexibility for the rest of the year.  Many people are also expecting an upgrade in net, figuring that Bernier will replace Ersberg as the back-up and then challenge Quick for the number one job.  That will only be a minor addition to the cap hit, in the $100,000 range.
The Kings still have the trio that scored at an alarming rate in 2010 in Kopitar, Williams and Smyth, but two of the three are injury prone players and may not be what you're after in your hockey pool team.  Ponikarovsky is generally good for 50+ points on a bad team like the Leafs and now he'll be getting a full season in with a good skating team like the Kings, so he might be good for a little bit more.  I think the stigma of the Leafs is what is going to keep me away from him though. 

All in all, I think the Kings should be an alright squad again in 2011, challenging for a playoff spot and maybe even a first round surprise.

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