The 2023 NHL rookie tournament is right around the corner, a great indication the 2023/2024 season is almost here.

This year, the tournament includes the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes, and the tournament host, the Vegas Golden Knights.

The three-day tournament (September 15-18) occurs at the City National Arena and the Dollar Loan Arena.

The Kings’ schedule is as follows:

  • September 15 vs. San Jose Sharks // 1p m // City National Arena @ Summerlin Hospital Rink
  • September 16  vs. Arizona Coyotes // 3:30 pm // City National Arena @ Summerlin Hospital Rink
  • September 18 vs. Anaheim Ducks // 12:30 pm // GHOST Energy Rink

Photo: Zach Dooley/LA Kings Insider

The Los Angeles Kings roster for this event has not been released but will mostly consist of players who attended the rookie developmental camp. The c amp was held at the Toyota Sports Performance Center. That roster can be found here.

The players attending are looking at two things: making the Kings’ main roster and an invite to the main camp if that does not work out.

There will be a lot of talent at this event for Los Angeles; most players are looking to make a statement heading into a big year for all involved.

General manager Rob Blake and Kings management will be on hand to view the young talent and make their assessments. The decisions may not be made immediately and will likely be made on the last day of the tournament. A lot at stake for these young men going forward, as it will determine where they play this upcoming season.

Players in the past who have made an impact at developmental camp include forward Gabe Vilardi and defensemen Sean Durzi, both of who are no longer with the organization but played well while in Los Angeles.  This is a big few days for these prospects as they take a massive step in their development. A big camp, and they could suit up for the Los Angeles Kings this season.

Not only is this big for the players involved, but it is also big for the organization to see where their prospects are in their careers.
It will be fun but, at the same time, stressful for this group of players.

Photo: Jared Shafran/LA Kings Insider

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