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Kings announce 2021 roster, taxi squad

Quinton Byfield, the 2020 second-overall pick, will start the season in the AHL.

Gabriel Vilardi #42 of the Los Angeles Kings and Drew Doughty #8 celebrate during the third period against the Ottawa Senators at STAPLES Center on March 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

The 2021 LA Kings season begins tomorrow night with a two-game series at Staples Center against the Minnesota Wild. The final cuts have been made and today, the team announced a series of moves and the opening night roster.

First, forwards Martin Frk and Alex Turcotte, defenders Sean Walker and Kurtis MacDermind, as well as goaltender Cal Peterson have been designated as injured/non-roster. Per the NHL, Walker, MacDermid and Peterson are all unavailable due to COVID Protocol.

The final players to join the Ontario Reign’s training camp will be forwards Quinton Byfield and Arthur Kaliyev, who won Silver and Gold, respectively, at the 2021 World Juniors Championship earlier this month.

The Kings also announced that three additional players will be changing their jersey number this season. Forward Carl Gundstrom will become the first Kings player to wear the number 91 (previously 38). Forward Gabriel Vilardi will be wearing 13, instead of 42. Defender Kale Clague has changed his number from 34 to 58. The team previously announced that Austin Wagner changed his number from 51 to 27.

All teams this season are required to carry a taxi squad of four to six players and carry three goaltenders between their roster and taxi squad.

These are your 2021 LA Kings:

2021 Los Angeles Kings Roster

Forwards (13)

Michael Amadio, Andreas Athanasiou, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Carl Grundstrom, Alex Iafallo, Adrian Kempe, Anze Kopitar, Blake Lizotte, Matt Luff, Trevor Moore, Gabriel Vilardi, Austin Wagner

Defense (7)

Mark Alt, Mikey Anderson, Tobias Bjornfot, Kale Clague, Drew Doughty, Olli Maatta, Matt Roy

Goaltenders (2)

Troy Grosenick, Jonathan Quick

Taxi Squad (4)

Lias Andersson (F), Jaret Anderson-Dolan (F), Austin Strand (D), Matt Villalta (G)