Sunday’s roster move, Insider.
The LA Kings loaned forward Quinton Byfield to AHL’s Ontario Reign here today on an off day. Byfield earned his 3C role out of training his camp and made remarkable progress early in the season. With Alex on the left and Gabe on the right, he formed an effective third line with Bilardi. Byfield appeared in his first eight games for the team this season, recording three of his assists, but since October 25, he has not played due to illness and has been the team’s last-place finisher. Missed his six games.
“He’s back [on the ice], which is a great sign,” Todd McClellan said yesterday. “He’s lost a lot of weight so he needs to be strong again. He’ll take time to recover.”
It is possible that the Kings’ being away for a short trip did not help Byfield’s reintegration into the group. The Kings have not practiced with the team since Friday, Oct. 28. That was shortly after Byfield fell ill. Todd McClellan has insisted players won’t simply be sidelined by injury this season, but in Byfield’s case, he’s not quite ready to play for an NHL team yet, so he’s not ready to talk about it at this point. The fact that Rasmus Kupari came out of the AHL to play a 3C role is great, and the Kings can maintain patience with Byfield’s return.
“I’ve always said that you shouldn’t lose your place to injury or illness. It’s out of their control,” McClellan said. “Usually you lose your place in the lineup based on indifferent play, so we’ll see when they all come back. Decide now against Quinton, Russ, or anyone else in the lineup.” You don’t have to. [Byfield] Not ready to play yet. ”
Byfield, now and in the future, remains an important part of what the Kings plan to do up front. He has an enviable combination of size and speed and has made progress this season in his work along the board, playing the puck in his zones and spaces in neutral, and a 1-1 win percentage. Fight. His two with Bilardi were the most productive line before Iafaro got injured.
The key for Byfield at this stage is individual recovery, regaining the strength and energy to get back into NHL game form. The fact that Byfield is waiver exempt makes things easier as you can head to the AHL with no issues. .
“I want to work with Iafaro, the guys that are out there, the minor Sammy Fagemo and Turcotte. I would love to,” added McClellan. “He needs energy and strength and he has to be comfortable with himself. Let’s see how he does this week.”
Looking at the upcoming AHL schedule, Ontario will be heading back to California for the 3-in-4 this weekend after completing a trip to Colorado for the weekend. Reign will face the San Diego Gulls in San Jose on Thursday, Bakersfield on Saturday and Ontario on Sunday. The Kings will play an alternate-day schedule this week, with home games on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and a four-game trip to the North, which starts in Calgary for the week starting tomorrow. It’s a day-to-day thing when it comes to Byfield’s status, but with the possibility of getting him into AHL action before returning to the NHL club, the schedule is very well aligned this week. Let’s see how it changes.
As mentioned this morning, the Kings are off today and will be back on the ice tomorrow at 11am for practice at El Segundo. The roster currently shows 22 players (13F, 7D, 2G), but this week he has both LA and Ontario within state boundaries, so additional roster moves if needed would be very it’s simple. The Kings’ 14-game story on his hockey offensive nature continues tonight or early tomorrow!