Kings practice in San Jose before the Rookie Finale – Lines + Thomas, Lawrence

The Los Angeles Kings’ rookie roster rehearsed at the Sharks Ice Sunday in San Jose. The team will conclude the 2022 rookie showdown on Monday at 3pm against the Sharks.

Los Angeles won a penalty shootout 5-4 over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday afternoon. The team eliminated many deficits with two goals and was perfect in executing the penalty kick. Akil Thomas and Brandt Clark scored a goal for the Kings in the penalty shootout and goalkeeper David Hrinak stopped the two attempts he faced in Vegas.

Clarke scored the Kings’ four-point lead, all assists, during Rookie Faceoff’s first two games. Taylor Ward scored goals in both games and Martin Kromiak scored twice in the third inning against Vegas.

The front lines and defensive doubles have changed quite a bit in the past few days, and we expect some additional line-up changes for tomorrow’s game against San Jose. For what it’s worth, that’s how the team skates in practice today.

Lee – Thomas – Madden
Nashbur – Benelli – Stefan
Rosme – Helenius – Lawrence

Kiosk – Spinneys
Inamoto – Clark
Kosor – Lagoi
Superica – Grans

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Saturday’s game was the first time fans of the 2022 seventh-placed Kings have seen Caleb Lawrence in a legitimate position. In fact, these were some of his only games since 2020. Lawrence suffered a horrific shoulder injury a year ago, and pair that with a global pandemic that called off the 2020-21 OHL season, the 6-foot-7 forward. There have been many games to play lately. He was named 215th overall in this year’s draft, but was a limited participant in the Kings development camp this summer. Now he’s back in full contact and joined the squad.

“I’ve had two years off, but getting back on it, I feel good,” Lawrence said. “I think this is a good opportunity for me to get my feet wet here in this organization and I hope to keep building.”

He settled in well after the first period on Saturday while skating with two other top forwards, 6-foot-6 Samuel Helenius and 6-foot-4 Bennett Rossme.

“The first period was a bit tough just to get back into,” he said. “I made some transformations but as the match went on, I felt a lot better. I was playing with good players, so it made it easier for me to play some and I felt more comfortable in the second and third periods.”

As mentioned above, this streak skated together in training this morning and we might see them again in tomorrow’s game.

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Akil Thomas was recovering from off-season surgery last year and did not participate in the 2021 Rookie Faceoff in Arizona. He’s back with the Kings’ rookie team this season and put up a midfield position in Los Angeles on Saturday after being knocked out by the Colorado game.

It took two shifts of my legs to get back on it,” Thomas said. “It definitely felt like my first game in the first two shifts, but overall it was a very good match and I had fun.”

Thomas struggled to go early in the AHL after recovering last season, but he exploded in the final few weeks of the season. He scored 11 points (8 goals, 3 assists) in his last 14 regular season games and scored 4 goals in several reigning playoffs. This weekend, he didn’t set expectations for himself.

He said, “The last time I competed in the junior tournament was in 2019. It’s been two years, so I really didn’t have any expectations.” “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 squad on Monday against San Jose.

After rehearsing, the juniors took part in the team’s bocce ball tournament, which also included the coaching staff.

The Kings wrapped up their 2022 rookie showdown Monday at 3 p.m. against this year’s host, the San Jose Sharks. You can watch the match live

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