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LA Kings: Ben Scrivens Took Competition In Stride, And Willie Mitchell: “It’s Business As Usual For Me”

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the pre-season finally over, the Los Angeles Kings put in their first post-training camp practice session on Monday, at their practice facility in El Segundo, California.

Veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell noted that the team still isn’t quite where they want to be before opening the new season in Minnesota on October 3.

“There’s lots of work to do, yet,” said Mitchell. “We’re working on a few things. A few teams get started before us, so we’re just looking forward to it, jumping right in. It’s a back-to-back.”

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Manchester Monarchs Forward Scott Sabourin Has Made Quite The Impression In LA Kings Training Camp

ALSO: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell is expected to be in lineup at Denver tonight to face Avalanche. Details and audio below.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On September 15, when the Los Angeles Kings played split squad pre-season games against the Phoenix Coyotes, one at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona, and the other at Staples Center in Los Angeles, there was a moment when just about everyone at Staples Center was asking, “who’s that guy?”

Fast forward to September 17, when the Kings skated at Anaheim in their third pre-season contest of the 2013-14 season, and once again, many were asking that same question.

Indeed, “that guy” deftly split two defenders to skate in on a breakaway against the Coyotes, and “that guy” scored a nifty goal off the rush at Anaheim.

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LA Kings Comeback “Kids:” Willie Mitchell and Jeff Schultz

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As we move into the seventh day of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Training Camp, only four of the team’s defensemen are guaranteed to be in the opening night lineup in a few weeks.

Drew Doughty, Matt Greene, Robyn Regher, and Slava Voynov are locks to be patrolling the Kings blue line come opening night. That leaves three or four roster spots for players such as Keaton Ellerby, Alec Martinez, and Jake Muzzin to battle each other for.

Two players trying to make comebacks of sorts are also in the mix, including veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell, who is working his way back into shape after sitting out for more than a year due to two surgical procedures on his knee.

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LA Kings Defenseman Willie Mitchell: “I’m Ready To Go”

MITCHELL ON KNEE SURGERY, RETURN TO LINEUP: At the Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest ’13 event on September 8, 2013, at Staples Center, defenseman Willie Mitchell confirmed that he feels like he is ready to return to action after missing the abbreviated 2013 season due to knee surgery. Also includes audio of the media interview with Mitchell.

LOS ANGELES — Since the news broke last week that he would be back this season after recovering from knee surgery, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell spoke to the media gathered at HockeyFest ‘13, the team’s annual season-opening celebration for their fans, held at Staples Center on September 8.

“I’m ready to go,” Mitchell declared.

Although nothing is official until Mitchell passes his physical examination on September 11, when the Kings open their 2013-14 training camp with a full day of medical exams and conditioning tests (they hit the ice on September 12), for all intents and purposes, Mitchell is back from knee surgery that sidelined him last season.

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