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Development camp roster announced; scrimmages begin June 25

A look at the Kings prospects and intriguing free agent invitees

2019 NHL Draft - Portraits Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings have announced their full roster for their annual development camp, which begins tomorrow and runs until Friday. Practices and scrimmages will be held at Toyota Sports Center. The full roster can be viewed on the Kings website.

All nine players selected by the Kings at the 2019 NHL Draft will be in attendance. Per Jon Rosen, Finnish defenseman Kim Nousianien may miss some time because of travel scheduling but is expected to attend. Other top prospects like Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Akil Thomas, Mikey Anderson, Sean Durzi, and Matthew Villalta are expected to attend.

Gabe Vilardi is not on the roster and the Kings have made no public announcements about his current status.

Unless you follow the Finnish league, this will be the first time for Kings fans to see Rasmus Kupari, who participated in last year’s development camp but was unable to attend rookie/training camp because of contractual obligations to his team in Finland. Kupari will play in North America this year, so now begins the evaluation process to see if he can force his way into the conversation for a spot on the NHL roster.

The full development camp schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, June 25

  • 9:15 a.m. - Team Black Practice at TSC
  • 10:45 a.m. - Team Black vs. Team White Scrimmage
  • 11:45 a.m. - Team White Practice at TSC

Wednesday, June 26

  • 9:15 a.m. - Team White Practice at TSC
  • 10:45 a.m. - Team Black vs. Team White Scrimmage
  • 11:45 a.m. - Team Black Practice at TSC

Thursday, June 27

  • 9:15 a.m. - Team Black Practice at TSC
  • 11:45 a.m. - Team White Practice at TSC
  • 6 p.m. - SoCalGas In The Pipeline Scrimmage

Friday, June 28

  • 8:30 a.m. - Team Black vs. Team White Scrimmage

Additionally, several free agents have been invited:

  • Forwards: Joseph Garreffa (OHL, Kitchener Rangers), Jake Slaker (University of Michigan), Nino Kinder (Eisbären Berlin), Adam Goodsir (Michigan State University), Wojciech Stachowiak (Michigan State University), Davis Koch (WHL, Vancouver Giants), and Jonathan Yantsis (OHL, Kitchener Rangers)
  • Defensemen: Billy Constantinou (OHL, Kingston Frontenacs) and Vincent Sevigny (QMJHL, Victoriaville Tigres)
  • Goaltender: Derek Mullahy (Dexter School)

Garreffa, 19, is a winger who has spent four seasons with the Kitchener Rangers, serving as an alternate captain for the 2018-19 season. Listed at 5’7”, size may be a factor as to why he was passed up in his draft seasons. He put up a career high 87 points (32 goals, 55 assists) in 68 games for Kitchener last season.

Slaker, 22, has local roots, as he was born in San Diego, though he ultimately grew up in the Atlanta area before going to Chicago as a teen to play in the Chicago Mission youth program. The center has played for three years at the University of Michigan and has attended the Vegas Golden Knights’ development camp for the past two years.

Kinder, 18, was born in Berlin and has come up through Eisbären Berlin’s juniors system. The forward recorded nine points in five games for Germany at the U18 Division IA World Championships.

Goodsir, 20, just completed his first year at Michigan State University. The forward isn’t a prolific scorer, putting up six points in 34 games in a depth role as he adjusted to NCAA hockey after two years in the USHL.

Stachowiak, 19, is another Michigan State University student. Born in Gdansk, Poland, Stachowiak spent his playing career in the German junior leagues before joining the Central Illinois Flying Aces of the USHL in 2017-18. In his first year at MSU, he recorded four points in 27 games. He’s a speedy grinder type player.

Koch, 21, played parts of four seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings, eventually captaining that team, before being traded to the Vancouver Giants in the 2017-18 season. He recorded 78 points (28 goals, 50 assists) in 67 regular season games and 21 points (5 goals, 16 assists) in 22 playoff games before losing the WHL championship to the Price Albert Raiders. Koch has aged out of junior hockey and is undoubtedly looking for the next step in his career.

Yantsis, 20, is a 6’2” forward who exploded with 73 points (50 goals, 23 assists) for Kitchener last season after having just 12 points total the year before. He worked with a power skating coach last offseason to improve his skating and is the first player on the Rangers to hit 50 goals since Jeff Skinner.

Constantinou, 18, has played defense for both Kingston and the Niagara IceDogs, where the Kings surely would have seen a lot of him while keeping tabs on Akil Thomas. Constantinou is a fast, mobile skater with a kind of odd style of movement, which may have put teams off when scouting him. He lacks defensive awareness but transforms into a much more solid player when he has the puck. His weaknesses make him a boom or bust type prospect, but if he can work on his issues, may be a player to keep an eye for the future.

Sévigny, 18, is a 6’3” left shot defenseman. The Kings don’t look often to the QMJHL for prospects and likely picked up on him when watching the newly drafted Jordan Spence. His father Pierre played 78 games in the NHL, mostly for the Montreal Canadiens in the mid-1990s.

Mullahy, 18, plays high school hockey in Massachusets and has represented the United States at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, where he played two games. Mullahy’s school (Dexter) is a frequent opponent of newly drafted defenseman Braden Doyle’s school (Lawrence Academy). He will join the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in 2019-20 and is committed to Harvard University in 2020-21.