October has already started and so has hockey! The Los Angeles Kings are back on the ice to redeem themselves from a dismal 2018-19 campaign that saw the team secure the fifth pick in this summer’s 2019 draft. The Kings selected center, Alex Turcotte, an 18 year-old prospect from the United States.
Los Angeles is also under the tutelage of new head coach Todd McLellan (previously with the San Jose Sharks and the Edmonton Oilers). In his debut with the Kings, the team lost a close game to the Oilers 6-5 in regulation. However, the team bounced back to secure their first win of the season last night against the Calgary Flames in overtime 4-3.
Finishing out the week, L.A. travels to Vancouver to take on the Canucks tonight to close the road trip. The Kings make their home ice debut of the regular season in back-to-back games against the Nashville Predators (Saturday, October 12) and the Vegas Golden Knights (Sunday, October 13).
A couple of things to look forward to this season is the development of the team’s young players including: wingers Adrian Kempe, Carl Grundstrom, and Austin Wagner; centers, Michael Amadio, and Blake Lizotte; defenseman Tobias Bjornfort; and goaltender Jack Campbell. As the team continues its transition to get faster on the ice and some of their core guys age, this could potentially be a turnaround year for the Kings. After missing the playoffs last season, L.A. looks to bounce back to the post-season and challenge division rivals the Sharks and Knights for the top spot.