Defenseman Brayden McNabb (right) shown here during a practice drill with forward Tyler Toffoli (center) and goaltender Jonathan Quick (left) on October 11, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Brayden McNabb began the 2015-16 National Hockey League season in street clothes, rather than on the bench with his teammates, in the Los Angeles Kings’ first game of the season on October 7 against the San Jose Sharks.
The reason? A sub-par training camp, one in which Kings coaches were rather critical of his performance.
“I think, in training camp, I got caught trying to perfect things,” said the 24-year-old native of Davidson, Saskatchewan. “I just wasn’t playing my game. It was kind of a wake-up call, not playing in the first game. It’s not fun. You always want to play. It’s frustrating, but at the same time, you want to be a good teammate. You hope the team wins, and that everything goes well. But you want to do everything you can to get yourself back in the lineup.”
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