EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings skate through the second week of their 2010 training camp, most of their opening night lineup appears to have already been set.
Indeed, there are no surprises regarding the 37 players still in camp after the first round of roster cuts came on September 24, with more on the way after their next pre-season game on September 28 when they host the Anaheim Ducks.
Still up for grabs are spots on the fourth line, although some favorites are already apparent.
Perhaps the strongest candidate to center that line is the 5-11, 192-pound Brad Richardson, who scored eleven goals and tallied 16 assists for 27 points in 81 regular season games with the Kings last season. He also contributed a goal and an assist in six playoff games.
The 25-year-old native of Belleville, Ontario played both center and left wing last season, his versatility making him that much more valuable.
“I feel comfortable in any position,” said Richardson. “Whereever I end up, left wing or center, that’s fine with me.”
“I’ll do whatever I can and whereever I fit in, that’s fine,” added Richardson. I’ll just try to be a good teammate, and, hopefully, work my way up.” Read more of this post