The LA Kings rookie roster practices at Shark Ice in San Jose on Sunday. The team will conclude the 2022 Rookie Faceoff against the Sharks at 3 p.m. on Monday.
LA is fresh off a 5-4 shootout win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday afternoon. The team wiped out several 2-goal losses and were perfect on penalty kills. Akeel Thomas and Brandt Clark scored in the shootout for the Kings, and goalkeeper David Herenck blocked both Vegas attempts.
In the first two games of the rookie faceoff, Clarke gave the Kings four points, all assists. Taylor Ward has scored in both games and Martin Cromiak scored twice in the third period against Vegas.
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The forward line and defensive pairings have changed a lot over the past few days, and we are looking forward to some additional lineup changes for tomorrow’s game against San Jose. For what it’s worth, here’s how squad skating goes in practice today.
Jamsen – Bayfield – Kromiyaki
Lee – Thomas – Madden
Rosmi – Helenius – Lawrence
Booth – Spence
Inamoto – Clark
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Saturday’s game was the first time Kings fans would have seen 2022 seventh-rounder Caleb Lawrence in a legitimate playing position. In fact, it was his only sporting action since 2020. Lawrence suffered a terrible shoulder injury a year ago, and the pairing with a global pandemic that canceled the 2020-21 OHL season, and is a 6-foot-7 forward. t recently had many games to play. He was selected 215th overall in this year’s draft, but was a limited participant in the King’s development camp this summer. Now he’s back to Full Contact and the lineup.
“I have a few years to go, but to be back in it, I feel good,” Lawrence said. “I think this is a great opportunity for me to get my feet wet in this outfit and hopefully I just keep building.”
He settled in well after the first period on Saturday, skating along with two other big forwards, 6-foot-6 Samuel Helenius and 6-foot-4 Bennett Rosmi.
“The first period was a little tough, just getting back into it,” he said. “I did a few turnovers but as the game progressed, I loved it. I was playing with two good players, so it became a little easier for me to make some plays and I felt a lot more comfortable in the second and third rounds.
As mentioned above, that line came together during practice this morning and we can see them again in tomorrow’s game.
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Akil Thomas was recovering from an off-season surgery last year and did not participate in the 2021 rookie faceoff in Arizona. He’s back with the Kings Rookies this season and focused on LA’s top line on Saturday after sitting out a Colorado game.
“It took a few changes from my feet to get back in it,” Thomas said. “It definitely felt like my first game for the first two innings, but overall it was a very good game and I enjoyed it.”
Thomas struggled to get into the AHL early after recovering last season, but he exploded in the final few weeks of the season. He recorded 11 points (8 goals, 3 assists) in his last 14 regular season games and scored 4 goals in as many playoff games for the reigns. This weekend, he’s not setting expectations for himself.
“My last rookie tournament was in 2019. It’s been a few years so I really didn’t have any expectations,” he said. “I just want to try to be the best version of myself and help lead the team.”
He is also expected to return to the lineup on Monday against San Jose.
After practice, the rookies took part in a team boss ball tournament, which also involved the coaching staff.
— Josh Schaefer (@joshshaffer25) September 18, 2022
The Kings concluded the 2022 Rookie Faceoff against this year’s hosts the San Jose Sharks at 3 p.m. Monday. You can watch the game live LAKings.com/stream,