Los Angeles Kings Player News: All Positions

News: Martinez produced an assist, four shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: Martinez's assist came on an Ilya Kovalchuk power-play goal, and he was on the ice for the other three Kings goals as well. He only has three helpers in eight games, but he's added 16 blocked shots as a fairly defense-first blueliner skating on the second pairing.
News: Amadio registered a power-play assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: Amadio had the secondary assist on Ilya Kovalchuk's goal in the second period. The 23-year-old center has four points in eight games this year, while adding 21 shots on goal. He'll be worth a deeper look than most fourth-liners, as he sees some second-unit power-play time.
News: Lizotte had an assist and went plus-2 in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: That's two helpers and a plus-4 rating in eight games for Lizotte this season. He's centering a line with Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter on the wings, both of whom scored in Saturday's contest. Until Lizotte contributes more regularly, he's safe to leave off rosters in fantasy.
News: MacDermid (undisclosed) had four PIM in 11:41 during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: MacDermid's only two appearances this season have come against the Flames, and he's racked up 11 PIM in that span. The defender doesn't do much of anything else, with only four points in 47 career NHL games over parts of three seasons.
News: Toffoli netted a goal on three shots and went plus-2 in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: Toffoli needed only 1:15 in the contest to put the Kings ahead, and they never looked back from there. The 27-year-old has registered five points, 24 shots on goal and 11 hits in eight contests this year.
News: Kovalchuk scored a power-play goal and added four shots on goal in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: Kovalchuk capped a span of three goals in 8:42 during the second period for the Kings, capitalizing on Flames' defenseman Travis Hamonic being in the sin bin for roughing. The Russian winger has three goals and seven points through eight games this year. It's unlikely he sustains the high-scoring pace, but the 36-year-old could be in line for a bounce-back campaign.
News: Kopitar notched a shorthanded goal in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: The Kings were shut out in their last two games, halting Kopitar's season-opening point streak at five games. He bounced back as their offense woke up Saturday, netting the third of four tallies in the contest. Kopitar is up to three goals and six assists in eight appearances.
News: Carter scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: Carter helped set up Tyler Toffoli's opening goal just 1:15 into the first period, then found twine for himself 16 seconds after the start of the second. The 34-year-old has been quiet to start the year with three points in eight games, but he's added 31 shots on goal. With that kind of shooting volume, expect Carter's point production to follow in due time.
News: Quick stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 4-1 win over the Flames on Saturday.
Impact: For a goalie who allowed 19 goals over his first three starts, this was a much-needed performance. Quick earned his first win of the season. While he's got a long way to go to be trusted in fantasy, he should continue to see a fairly even split of the starts with Jack Campbell as the Kings set out on a road trip.
News: MacDermid (undisclosed) draws back into the Kings' lineup Saturday versus the Flames, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: MacDermid has only played one game in 2019-20, failing to record a point in a 4-3 win over these very same Flames. Back healthy, the defenseman remains irrelevant in virtually all fantasy circles.
News: Quick is the projected starter for Saturday's home game against the Flames, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: Quick has been awful thus far this season, going winless in three starts while posting an unsightly 6.43 GAA and .793 save percentage. If the 33-year-old netminder doesn't start showing signs of improvement soon, the Kings will be forced to start treating Jack Campbell as their No. 1 option. Quick will look to start righting the ship in a matchup with a Calgary club that's only averaging 2.00 goals per game on the road this campaign, 26th in the NHL.
News: The Kings assigned Grundstrom to AHL Ontario on Friday.
Impact: Grundstrom has been a healthy scratch for six of L.A.'s first seven games, so he'll head to the minors to receive regular playing time. The 21-year-old Swede has the potential to develop into a solid bottom-six contributor, but he won't have any fantasy value in 2019-20.
News: The Kings assigned Bjornfoot to AHL Ontario on Friday.
Impact: Bjornfoot has been a healthy scratch in each of the Kings' last four games, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. The 2019 first-round pick should receive top-pair minutes with Ontario.
News: The Kings recalled Prokhorkin from AHL Ontario on Friday.
Impact: Prokhorkin was highly productive in the KHL last season, racking up 20 goals and 41 points in 41 games. The 26-year-old Russian could make his NHL debut as soon as Saturday against the Flames.
News: Doughty (head) fired four shots on goal, dished three hits and blocked three shots in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Sabres.
Impact: Basically, Doughty did everything but score in his 24:30 of ice time. He exited Tuesday's game versus the Hurricanes after a head-first collision into the boards, but he didn't miss further time. Doughty has five points, 22 hits and 17 blocked shots through seven games while averaging 23:54 per game.
News: Campbell allowed three goals on 24 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Sabres on Thursday.
Impact: This wasn't Campbell's best effort of the year by any means, but he's now been on the wrong end of a shutout in his last two starts. The 27-year-old has allowed 11 goals in four games but has only a 2-2-0 record to show for it. The Kings next take the ice at home Saturday versus the Flames.
News: Doughty (head) is expected to play Thursday against Buffalo, NHL.com's Dan Greenspan reports.
Impact: Doughty exited Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Hurricanes in the third period after going head first into the boards, but according to coach Todd McLellan, he was "feeling pretty good" following the contest, which was the first sign that he'd likely be available against the Sabres. The 29-year-old blueliner has notched three goals and five points while posting a minus-3 rating in six games this campaign.
News: Campbell will crouch in the crease Thursday when the Sabres visit the Staples Center, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Campbell has split starts with Jonathan Quick evenly through the first six games, but he will be the first one to break the every-other-game trend Thursday by starting back-to-back contests. He took the loss last time out despite posting his best performance of the season, stopping 21 of the 22 shots he faced. The Sabres, who have averaged 2.67 goals per game through three contests on the road this season while only losing one game in regulation overall, should present a sizable challenge for the 27-year-old netminder.
News: Campbell allowed only one goal on 22 shots but still came away with the loss in a 2-0 defeat by the Hurricanes on Tuesday.
Impact: In arguably his best of three appearances this year, Campbell took a hard-luck loss because the Kings failed to generate any offense. He's allowed eight goals in those three games, putting Jonathan Quick's starter status on the hot seat just two weeks into the season.
News: Doughty exited after hitting the boards face first in the third period of Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Hurricanes, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports. Coach Todd McLellan relayed after the game that the defenseman is "feeling pretty good."
Impact: Though Doughty appears to have avoided a serious injury, he should be viewed as day-to-day heading into Thursday's game against the Sabres and may be subject to further evaluation. The 29-year-old defenseman is day-to-day. Doughty logged one shot on goal and spent two minutes in the penalty box across 22:47 of ice time Tuesday.
News: MacDermnid (undisclosed) isn't in the projected lineup for Tuesday's game against Carolina, NHL.com's Dan Greenspan reports.
Impact: MacDermid will miss a fourth straight game Tuesday and remains without a timetable for his return to action. Either way, he's only picked up four points in 46 appearances over the past three seasons, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his availability. The 25-year-old can be considered out indefinitely until the Kings provide an update on his status.
News: Campbell will start between the pipes in Tuesday's home game against the Hurricanes, Josh Cooper of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Campbell hasn't been great this season, posting a 3.48 GAA and .885 save percentage through two appearances, but he's picked up two wins over that span thanks to fantastic goal support from his teammates. If the 27-year-old continues to get results for the Kings, he could supplant Jonathan Quick as the team's starter sooner rather than later. He'll look to keep rolling in a tough home matchup with a Carolina club that's gone 5-1-0 to start the season.
News: Kempe posted an assist in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Kempe has been bumped down to the fourth line amid some early season struggles. The center has produced two assists and 11 shots on goal in five games this year. While he remains in the bottom six, he's not likely to produce much fantasy value.
News: Iafallo has posted a goal and an assist in his last two games.
Impact: Iafallo found twine in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Predators on Saturday and then chipped in a helper in a 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights on Sunday. Those are his only two points of the season so far, to go with 13 shots on goal in five games. The 25-year-old had 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 82 games last year.
News: Walker notched an assist and four shots on goal in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Walker now has a point in four straight games (two goals and assists each) to go with 13 shots in that span. The Bowling Green product is a name on the rise in his second NHL season. He could help fantasy owners in deeper formats while he's on an early season hot streak.
News: Kopitar recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Kopitar's season-opening point streak stands at five games, during which he's produced two goals and six helpers. He's added 19 shots on goal in that span. It's still early, but this looks much more like his 92-point effort from 2017-18 rather than his 60-point campaign last year.
News: Wagner scored a goal on two shots and dished out four hits in a 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights on Sunday.
Impact: Wagner's first goal of the season cut the deficit to 2-1 in the first period. The fourth-line winger was a healthy scratch in two games before drawing into both of this weekend's contests. He had a productive rookie year with 21 points and 142 hits in 62 games last season, but it's not really enough to move the needle in fantasy.
News: Brown scored a goal on two shots and added three hits and two PIM in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Brown's been a bright spot for the Kings to start the year, posting six points, 15 hits and 14 shots on goal in five games. The winger has topped 50 points in each of the last two years and looks well on his way to doing it again in 2019-20.
News: Quick surrendered five goals on 36 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights on Sunday.
Impact: Technically, this was Quick's best game of the season, but that's more of an indictment on how bad he's been so far. The Golden Knights aren't easy for any goalie to contain, so we'll give the 33-year-old a pass this time. Quick has now allowed 19 goals in three starts this year. As long as his struggles persist, he can't be trusted under any circumstances.
News: MacDermid (undisclosed) will miss Sunday's game against Vegas, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: MacDermid has now missed three straight games after getting into a brawl with Milan Lucic, so it seems that his injury could be related to that. He's still considered day-to-day for the time being.
News: Quick will patrol the crease for Sunday's contest against the Golden Knights, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: Quick has been rocked for 14 goals in his two outings this season and things won't get easier against a lethal Vegas lineup. He got the day off for Saturday's win over the Predators so maybe the time off will allow him to bounce back. For what it's worth, Quick turned away 86 of 92 shots in three outings against Vegas last season.
News: Turcotte scored twice and added an assist in the University of Wisconsin's 11-5 rout of Merrimack on Saturday.
Impact: Turcotte now has four points in his first two collegiate games. The combination of Turcotte (fifth overall) and 2019 Montreal first-rounder Cole Caufield (15th overall) has been unstoppable in the early going and there's no reason to think their dominance won't continue throughout the course of the season. While nothing is obviously official, Turcotte would appear to be a one-and-done guy at Wisconsin. He could be playing for the Kings before the 2019-20 season is complete.
News: Campbell made 28 saves in a 7-4 win over the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: So, there was this really queasy moment in the third where Campbell allowed three straight goals in just over 10 minutes, including two in 34 seconds. That took a 4-1 game to a 4-4 tie and things looked like they were getting out of hand. But he tightened things up and his teammates got the win. We're watching Campbell closely this season. The Kings will struggle and he could become trade bait if he performs well -- they'll need to leverage strong performances into valuable assets. So, Campbell's fantasy value could take a spike in midseason.
News: Brown scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Predators.
Impact: Brown has been key to the Kings' .500 start this season. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in four games. The 34-year-old has a lot of mileage on his body, but he's off to a great start. And that definitely makes him fantasy worthy. It remains to be seen if he can hit the 50-point mark again, but we wouldn't bet against a determined guy like him.
News: Walker picked up two assists in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Predators.
Impact: This smooth-skating former NCAA puckmover now has points in three straight games. Walker's ice time is climbing and while he's not getting power-play time, he does have fantasy value. Walker has two goals and two assists in those three games.
News: Kaliyev scored four goals in OHL Hamilton's 4-1 victory over Erie on Friday.
Impact: The big winger accounted for all of his club's goals in addition to a quarter (six) of their shots on net in his breakout contest. Kaliyev now has eight goals and 15 points in his first eight games for the Bulldogs. Kaliyev fell out of the first round this past June (33rd overall) due to concerns regarding his lack of speed and the fact he is viewed by many as a one-dimensional player, but you can count on one hand the amount of prospects in the league who are as adept at putting the puck in the net as the big Staten Islander.
News: Campbell will defend the blue paint during Saturday's home game against the Predators, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Campbell wasn't great in his season debut Tuesday against Calgary, surrendering three goals on 29 shots, but he did enough to pick up his first win of the campaign. The 27-year-old American will look to keep rolling in a tough home matchup with a Nashville team that's averaged 4.75 goals per game through its first four contests of 2019-20, second in the NHL.
News: Coach Rob Blake labeled MacDermid (undisclosed) day-to-day ahead of Saturday's tilt against the Predators, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: MacDermid dropped the gloves with Milan Lucic on Tuesday and didn't play Wednesday, so there's a chance that the fight is what led to his absence. The day-to-day label puts him in a position to miss Saturday's tilt, which would make Sunday his next opportunity to suit up. We'll provide another update should his outlook against the Predators improve.
News: Walker scored a goal on four shots and went plus-2 in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Walker might have been the brightest spot in a very dark game for the Kings, as he was their only player to keep a positive rating. The defender now has a pair of goals in three games to start the year.
News: Toffoli scored a goal on four shots and dished two hits in Wednesday's 8-2 blowout loss to the Canucks.
Impact: There were few positives for the Kings in the brutal loss, but Toffoli briefly gave them hope by cutting the deficit to 3-1 in the second period. The winger has three points in as many games, and he's added 10 shots on goal and seven hits in a solid opening week of the year.
News: Quick was lit up for eight goals on 25 shots in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to the Canucks.
Impact: There was no mercy hook from coach Todd McLellan on Wednesday night, as the coach left the veteran goalie in the crease for the whole shellacking. Quick isn't doing himself any favors with 14 goals allowed in his two starts this season. If he continues to struggle, the Connecticut native may start losing time to Jack Campbell.
News: Quick will tend the road twine for Wednesday's game versus the Canucks.
Impact: Quick will start the latter half of back-to-back games, and he's looking to bounce back from a dreadful season opener where he allowed six goals on 31 shots to the Oilers. If Quick can get back on track, it appears the Kings' offense can help him mark the win column as well, as it has scored 10 goals and averaged 36 shots on net per game thus far.
News: Kempe posted an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Flames.
Impact: The center supplied a helper on Ilya Kovalchuk's first goal of the season. Kempe is currently seeing second-line minutes with the aforementioned Kovalchuk and Jeff Carter on his wings. The Swede will be looking to build on his 28 points and minus-10 rating from the 2018-19 campaign.
News: Lizotte registered an assist and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Flames.
Impact: Lizotte's helper came on a first-period Sean Walker goal. The St. Cloud State product is still green in terms of NHL experience (three games), but he could provide decent depth scoring. It's unlikely he'll warrant much fantasy attention, however.
News: Kopitar recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Flames.
Impact: Kopitar saved his contribution for the best moment, setting up Drew Doughty's power-play tally in overtime. The Slovenian center mustered 60 points in 81 points last season, down from 92 points in 2017-18. If all goes well, a 70-point campaign would feel like a good year for Kopitar, especially given the Kings' aging core.
News: Toffoli produced a goal and an assist with four shots and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Flames.
Impact: Toffoli's first two points of the season came in the first period, as he scored the opening goal and helped out on Sean Walker's tally. The 27-year-old finds himself on the third line to start this season after registering only 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 82 contests last season.
News: Walker scored a goal and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Flames.
Impact: The defenseman's first goal of the year came in the first period, extending the Kings' lead to 2-0 at the time. Walker added two hits and two blocked shots in the contest. He had only 10 points in 39 games last season, so there's not a huge expectation for offense from the 24-year-old.
News: Kovalchuk netted a goal and dished two helpers in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Flames.
Impact: This was a vintage Kovalchuk performance. He set up the opening goal by Tyler Toffoli in the first period, buried one of his own in the second period to stretch the lead to 3-0 and then supplied a power-play assist on the overtime winner. Kovalchuk has a goal and three helpers through two games this season.
News: Doughty potted the game-winning goal on the power play and added two helpers in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Flames.
Impact: Doughty also tallied four shots and four hits in the contest. The three-point effort gives the defenseman two goals and two assists in two games this year. He put up 45 points in 82 games despite the Kings' scoring woes last season, and topped 120 each of shots on goal, hits and blocked shots.
News: Campbell turned aside 26 of 29 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over the Flames on Tuesday.
Impact: Campbell had virtually the first half of the game off, but the Flames rallied late to force overtime. Drew Doughty spoiled the comeback with a power-play goal in overtime, his third point of the night. Campbell won't see a lot of starts behind Jonathan Quick, but a back-to-back on the weekend (versus Nashville on Saturday and Vegas on Sunday) could afford the 27-year-old another starting opportunity.
News: Campbell will defend the blue paint in Tuesday's road game against the Flames, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Campbell played well behind a porous Kings defense last season, compiling a 10-14-1 record while posting an admirable 2.30 GAA and .928 save percentage in 31 appearances. The 27-year-old American will look to pick up his first victory of the campaign in a road matchup with a Calgary club that has potted six goals through its first two games of 2019-20.
News: Doughty scored a power-play goal on one of his two shots and was minus-1 while adding six hits, three blocked shots and two PIM in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Doughty found the net with the man advantage just over eight minutes into the third period Saturday, giving the Kings a 5-4 lead that ended up lasting less than two minutes. Still, it was a productive night for the venerable Kings defenseman, who played in all 82 games for the fifth year in a row in 2018-19 and contributed eight goals and 45 points, albeit it with an unsightly minus-34 for a bad Kings squad.
News: Lewis picked up a goal and an assist and was plus-2 with two shots and four hits in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Lewis netted his first goal of the season midway through the first period Saturday and later set up linemate Michael Amadio's third-period tally. The 32-year-old scored only three times in 44 games in 2018-19 and will serve in a bottom-six role again this season.
News: Kopitar scored a goal and added two assists with four shots and two PIM in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Kopitar also won 14 of 21 faceoffs in Saturday's season opener, punctuating a terrific all-around start to the year for the 14th-year King. He saw his production dip from 35 goals in 2017-18 to 22 last season, and his point totals from 92 to 60, but he might be able to settle in somewhere in between those numbers in 2019-20.
News: Clifford had two assists and was plus-2 with one shot on goal in Saturday's 6-5 loss to Edmonton.
Impact: Skating on a line with Trevor Lewis and Michael Amadio, Clifford helped set up a goal by each of his linemates in the Kings' season opener. That production came despite Clifford logging the least amount of playing time (7:26) of anyone in the LA lineup. He will likely remain in a bottom-six role for the Kings.
News: Brown registered a goal and an assist and added three shots and two PIM in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Brown scored the Kings' first goal of the season just over four minutes into Saturday's tilt, then assisted on an Anze Kopitar goal later in the same period. The 34-year-old is coming off a 22-goal, 51-point season in 2018-19, his second straight 20-goal campaign after having fell short of that mark for a five-year stretch.
News: Amadio scored a goal on one of his two shots and was plus-2 in a 6-5 loss to Edmonton on Saturday.
Impact: The goal came less than four minutes into the third period and gave the Kings a short-lived 4-3 lead. A third-round pick of the Kings in 2014, Amadio totalled 10 goals and 21 points in his first 80 NHL games spread over the previous two seasons.
News: Quick stopped 25 of 31 shots in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: It was an ugly opener from a defensive standpoint for the Kings, who coughed up four different leads on Saturday. The 33-year-old Quick is looking to bounce back from a 2018-19 season that saw him put up career-worsts in GAA (3.38) and save percentage (.888). He'll likely be back between the pipes when the Kings return to action Tuesday at Calgary.
News: Quick will get the start in Edmonton on Saturday, NHL.com's Derek Van Diest reports.
Impact: Quick will be in tough Saturday night as he and the Kings look to slow down the dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The two combined for four points in Edmonton's first game of 2019-20. Meanwhile, in Quick's case, the Kings' netminder is coming off the first losing season of his career and will definitely be looking to start this year off on the right foot.
News: LaDue was placed on waivers for purpose of demotion to AHL Ontario on Sunday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: LaDue has split time between the AHL and NHL levels over the last three seasons and will likely do the same during the 2019-20 campaign. The 27-year-old was injured heading into camp and didn't get as many reps as some of the other on-the-fence skaters.
News: Kempe was placed on waivers for purpose of demotion to AHL Ontario on Sunday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: Kempe signed a one-year deal with the Kings this offseason knowing that he would be a borderline NHL forward heading into the 2019-20 campaign. He appeared in 70 games with the Coyotes and 57 with AHL Tucson over the two previous seasons. The 31-year-old forward should be on the shortlist of call-ups with any injuries to the NHL roster.
News: Dudas picked up a goal and added four assists in OHL Owen Sound's 10-0 rout of Barrie on Thursday.
Impact: The 2018 fourth-rounder (118th overall) now has six points in his first two games for the Colts. A hard working forward who possesses terrific hockey IQ, Dudas has seen his stock rise in the year-plus since he was drafted by the Kings. The 19-year-old is a legitimate candidate for the 2020 Canadian World Junior team.
News: Forbort (back) remains without a timetable for a return, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A week after the initial announcement on Forbort's back injury, there's still no clarity on when he'll be back on the ice. The Kings open their season on Oct. 5 against Edmonton, and if Forbort is still unavailable, Alec Martinez or Ben Hutton would move up alongside Drew Doughty on the top defensive pairing.
News: Petersen was assigned to AHL Ontario on Tuesday.
Impact: This was unsurprising, as Petersen simply doesn't have an opportunity for playing time right now with Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell both in Los Angeles. His contract places him on a two-way deal for this season only, so it's likely he'll spend the year in Ontario unless one of the netminders above him gets injured. If you can wait for him, he's a great piece to have in dynasty leagues, as the Kings have him on a three-year deal and almost certainly have an eye toward having him in Los Angeles full-time in 2021, when they'll have to expose a goaltender to Seattle in the expansion draft.
News: King is slated to start in goal Wednesday against the Ducks, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: Quick struggled in his preseason debut Sept. 17 against Arizona, surrendering three goals on 10 shots. The veteran netminder will look to bounce back in what could be his final taste of game action before the Kings open the regular season against Edmonton on Oct. 5.
News: Carter scored on one of his two shots on goal in the Kings' 3-0 preseason win over Anaheim on Monday.
Impact: Carter's goal, his first of the preseason, came just 2:56 into the game and stood as the game-winner as LA goaltenders Cal Petersen and Jack Campbell combined for a 31-save shutout. The 34-year-old Carter is coming off one of the worst seasons of his NHL career, having scored Just 13 goals and 33 points in 76 games in 2018-19. However, he's only a few years removed from a 32-goal campaign so it may still be premature to write him off as an offensive contributor.
News: The Kings assigned Bouma to AHL Ontario's training camp Sunday.
Impact: Bouma, who was attending L.A.'s training camp on a professional tryout agreement, failed to earn a deal with a big club, so he'll now set his sights on securing an AHL-only contract. The veteran forward will have zero fantasy value in 2019-20.
News: Kovalchuk (undisclosed) will play in Monday's preseason contest versus the Ducks, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: Kovalchuk fell short of expectations last season, and he was even benched at times due to his troubling defensive play. He finished the campaign with 34 points -- nine on the power play -- in 64 games. The 36-year-old winger will look to reignite the flame this season, although there's no real reason for optimism that he'll look like his old self. Nevertheless, Kovalchuk will likely man the team's power play, which can't get much worst than last year's unit (15.4 percent).
News: The Kings waived Frk for the purpose of reassignment to AHL Ontario on Monday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Frk has shown flashes of the upside that compelled the Red Wings to pick him in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft, posting 25 points in 68 games during the 2017-18 season. However, he posted just six points in 30 contests last year. The 25-year-old will toil in the minors, and he'll likely get a call up at some point.
News: Coach Todd McLellan said Tuesday that Forbort (back) is "struggling to get healthy right now," Jack Harris of the LA Times reports. McLellan added, "No one has any idea on his timeline."
Impact: Forbort has been dealing with a back injury that has kept him sidelined for training camp in its entirety to this point. Because of it, his status for the start of the regular season is unclear. The Kings signed Ben Hutton to bolster their blue line with Forbort sidelined Tuesday, and expect the team to play his recovery pretty close to the vest as the new season approaches.
News: According to coach Todd McLellan, Kovalchuk "tweaked something" during Wednesday's practice, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: It doesn't sound like the veteran forward is dealing with anything serious, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss Thursday's preseason matchup with Vegas. Either way, at this point there's no reason to believe that Kovalchuk's in any danger of missing the Kings' regular-season opener against the Oilers on Oct. 5.
News: Hutton signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Kings on Tuesday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: Hutton was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round of the 2012 draft and spent the last four seasons with the Canucks, totaling 11 goals and 70 points while posting 111 PIM and a minus-75 rating in 276 games. The 26-year-old will be a solid bottom-four option for LA in 2019-20, but he's never notched more than 25 points in a single season and will likely post an ugly plus-minus rating on a rebuilding Kings squad, so he won't be a desirable fantasy option.
News: Clague (foot) will be in action versus Arizona on Tuesday, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Clague notched seven goals and 22 helpers in 52 appearances for AHL Ontario last season. It was a solid first campaign following the 21-year-old's junior career. Draft by the Kings with the 51st overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the blueliner likely won't make the 23-man roster for Opening Night, but could certainly earn his NHL debut at some point in 2019-20.
News: Grundstrom (concussion) will play on the Kings' top line during Tuesday's preseason matchup with Arizona, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: Grundstrom dealt with concussion-like symptoms following LA's 2018-19 season finale, but he's clearly now back to 100 percent and ready to secure a spot on the big club's Opening Night roster. The 21-year-old performed admirably after being traded to the Kings in January as part of the deal that sent Jake Muzzin to Toronto, notching five goals and six points in 15 appearances, and will likely skate in a middle-six role while seeing time on one of LA's power-play units on a nightly basis in 2019-20.
News: MacDermid (upper body) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with Arizona, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: MacDermid saw action in just 11 games for the Kings last year in which he tallied one assist, five shots and 26 hits while averaging 9:21 of ice time. The blueliner is far from a lock for the 23-man roster and could find himself in the minors to start the 2019-20 campaign in favor of Mikey Anderson and Matt Roy.
News: Subban signed with Dornbirner EC of the EBEL on Monday.
Impact: The lesser-known Subban brother was selected by the Canucks in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, but he was never able to crack the big club's lineup, instead spending the entirety of the last four seasons in the AHL, totaling 103 points in 232 games over that span. The 24-year-old blueliner will likely spend the rest of his playing career overseas.
News: Campbell signed a two-year, $3.3 million contract extension with the Kings on Saturday.
Impact: The deal ties Campbell to the Kings through the 2021-22 season. The 27-year-old certainly deserves the security, as he proved to be a superb backup last year with a 10-14-1 record and .928 save percentage. Starter Jonathan Quick's contract extends a year past Campbell's, so the latter figures to be a backup for the foreseeable future.
News: Kempe put pen to paper on a three-year, $6 million contract with Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Impact: Kempe missed just one regular-season contest last year while registering 12 goals and 18 helpers. The center saw an uptick in ice time to 14:30 per game (compared to 13:20 in 2017-18), but was unable to get back over the 30-point mark. The Swede figures to slide into a third-line role behind Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, but could see plenty of work with the No. 2 power-play unit.
News: Bouma signed a professional tryout agreement with the Kings on Sunday, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet 650 reports.
Impact: Bouma spent the 2018-19 campaign overseas with Swiss club Geneve-Servette, but was limited to a mere three games. The center will try to make a go of it with Los Angeles during training camp, though he may be hard pressed to secure a spot in the lineup ahead of Adrian Kempe or Michael Amadio.