Happy Tuesday Insiders!
Some additional information was released today about the 2022 Rookie Faceoff, which will be held in San Jose from September 16-20, at the newly constructed Tech CU Arena. As in previous tournaments, the Kings will play three games over four days in Northern California, starting Friday, September 16. A three-game tournament before the main training camp, which is set to begin later that week.
As previously announced, below is the Kings schedule for 2022 Rookie Faceoff –
9/16 – Kings vs. Avalanche, 2 p.m.
9/17 – Kings vs. Golden Knights, 2 p.m.
9/19 – Kings vs. Sharks, 2 p.m.
For the sake of continuity, it seems, the Kings will play all three games at 2 p.m. Pacific. The 2022 Rookie Faceoff will be the first official hockey event to be held at Tech CU Arena, the newly built home of AHL’s San Jose Barracuda.
Information for those looking to attend can be found below –
There are two ticketing options for the 2022 Rookie Faceoff Games, which can be purchased here. Fans can purchase a full tournament pass, which allows entry to all nine matches for the duration of the tournament, or a one-day pass, which is valid for all three games scheduled on that individual day. Full course passes are available for $45 and a one-day ticket is $25. Tournament matches will take place either at the Tech CU Arena or at Sharks Ice’s Orange Rink.
Fans who attend games at the Tech CU Arena will have a designated seat location and must enter the facility via the main box office. Seats are limited for games played at the Orange Rink and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Entry to Orange Rink games will be next to the Sharks Pro store. Due to security and capacity protocols, those attending games at both arenas will need to exit the building and re-enter to move from one arena to the next. Security protocols will be enforced, similar to the policies in place at the SAP Center in San Jose, available in full detail here.
Kings will only play games on the home sheet in the Tech CU Arena, so the guidelines for that arena will only apply to Kings games specifically. For those with a Full Active Pass, there seem to be annoying restrictions with switching between rinks.
In terms of the event slate, all six teams will announce their participating groups “at a later time” although the event is now 10 days away, expect to see some action on that front soon. The Kings had an experienced group taking part in development camp over the summer, and while the group taking part in the event in San Jose may be a little less experienced — some players have aged or played their way — there is still a strong group of Kings wearing black and white prospects in championship. The hope is that several young players will gain strength during Rookie Faceoff and take him to the main camp, where the selected invitees are expected to compete for roles and roster positions with both the Kings and Ontario Reign’s Ontario Reign.
Horizons of the Kings start playing before the season
Speaking of individuals who could appear in Rookie Faceoff…a series of L.A. Kings prospects, many of whom will play in the aforementioned tournament, have started pre-season, and in some cases the regular season, playing in various leagues, both in North America And all over the world.
Preparing to say the 19-year-old’s NHL prospect is a bit strange. Take the 2022 Angus Booth Draft for example. Booth made his pre-season debut in late August with QMJHL club, Shawinigan Cataractes. However, Booth’s path to the regular season isn’t exactly a straight line, as he is likely to join fellow prospects at Rookie Camp, 2022 Rookie Faceoff and the Kings’ official training camp later this month. Naturally, this would take the rookie defender, and many others in a similar position, to California for at least two weeks to participate in those events. For the young blueliner, he will likely return to QMJHL for the 2022-23 season from there, but unlike his non-designer teammates, Booth will enter the season coming from two different NHL experiences, unlike the pre-season QMJHL.
Below is a look at a few who have played matches so far this season under the Kings system, and a look at what the remaining pre-season rosters entail.
As noted above, Booth made his pre-season debut with Shawinigan on August 24 with an 8-2 victory over Victoriaville Tigres. Booth has a top-five win win, the only one of his team’s four pre-season games to date that he has participated in. As a returning member of last season’s QMJHL Champions and Memorial Cup semi-finalists, Booth is expected to be a key contributor to Shawinigan this season in his draft plus 1 campaign.
Shawinigan has three pre-season games remaining – September 9, 10 and 16 – before opening the 2022-23 season against the Gatineau Olympiques on September 22.
Playing games of any kind is an important step forward in the seventh round of Caleb Lawrence’s selection in 2022. Lawrence has been limited to only two regular season contests in the OHL over the past two seasons with Owen Sound, so having a full season under his belt is essential for the towering winger. Lawrence made his pre-season debut with yesterday’s attack, scoring two shots on target, winning 8 of 18 encounters and earning four minutes of penalty in the 5-4 win over Barry.
Owen Sound has three pre-season games – September 11, 20 and 24 – before the start of the regular season on Friday, September 30 against London.
Potential OHL Team Brandt Clark and Francesco Benelli did not appear in pre-season play with Barry and Kitchener respectively.
Information about pre-season hockey isn’t as accessible abroad as it is here in North America, but striker Aato Jamsen started pre-season with the Pelicans in Liga in Finand. Jamsen scored a goal and an assist in his team’s latest 3-0 win over IFK Helsinki, one of seven pre-season games the team have participated in so far, although it was not clear how many of those competitions Jamsen has been involved in.
Striker Kasper Simonteval also featured on the board during his team’s last exhibition match, scoring an assist for KalPa in a 4-0 win over JYP. Like Jamsen, there has been no official announcement of his status in his team’s other show competitions, but also like Jamsen, Simontaival has secured the plate in his most recent game.
Although not on the scoresheet, Otto Salen made an occasional appearance for IFK Helsinki during the exhibition season, having made six appearances for the first club during the 2021-22 campaign. Saleen was reportedly in the squad against the Jamsin and Pelicans last time out.
Jamsen and Pelicans have two more “friends” left – tomorrow and Friday – ahead of the 2022-23 season opener on September 14 against the Carpathians. Simonteval and Kalba have another exhibition match on Thursday, before the start of the La Liga match on September 14th against Salba. Salin and IFK Helsinki have one last exhibition match on Thursday before Liiga’s match against Hameenlinna begins on the 14th.
voice! 🔥 Pelican ottaa HIFK: sta puhtaan 3-0-kotivoiton!
– Pelican Laden (@PelicansFi) September 2, 2022
Goalkeeper Juho Markkanen begins his first season at DEL with AEG-owned and operated Eisbaren Berlin. Markkanen has yet to appear in the Champions Hockey League, to which Berlin qualified as champions last season, but he was part of several friendlies for his team during August, and Tobias Anseka, who attended the development camp as the Kings returned in July, was often involved.
Markkanen and company have four games left in the CHL, with DEL’s regular season schedule starting on Thursday.
Some more news to follow this week, Insiders! As usual, thanks for reading.