Kings Quinton Byfield loaned to AHL-Ontario

Movement List Sunday, Insiders.

The Los Angeles Kings loaned forward Quinton Byfield to the AHL’s Ontario reign here on the day off. Byfield secured the 3C role after coming out of training camp and made some notable strides early in the season, forming an effective third streak with Alex Iafallo on the left and Gabe Vilardi on the right. Byfield has appeared in each of the team’s first eight games this season, scoring three assists, but he hasn’t played since October 25 due to illness, causing him to miss each of the team’s last six games.

“he is back [on the ice]Todd McClellan said yesterday. “He has lost a lot of weight and will need strength again. He will need some time to recover.”

The absence of the Kings on a short trip likely won’t help Byfield’s reintegration into the group. The Kings haven’t had group training since Friday, October 28, which was right after Byfield’s illness, so naturally he wouldn’t have practiced that day anyway. Todd McClellan has confirmed this season that the player is not simply losing his place due to injury, but added that in the case of Byfield, it’s not a conversation anyway at this time as he is not yet ready to play for the NHL team. The fact that Rasmus Kupari has exited the AHL and stepped into the 3C role was great and allows the Kings to keep their patience with Byfield’s return.

“I’ve always said that I don’t think anyone should lose their place due to injury or disease, it’s out of their control,” McClellan said. “You usually lose your place in the squad on the basis of careless play, so we will see when everyone comes back. There is no decision to be made now about Quinton, Ras or anyone else in our squad, because [Byfield] Not ready to play.”

Byfield remains an important piece in what the Kings are looking to do at the front, both now and in the future. He has an enviable combination of size and speed and has made great strides this season with his work along the boards, playing the puck across the neutral zone and into space, as well as his winning rate of winning 1 on 1 fights. Before Yavalo’s injury, the two of them with Velardi was the most productive streak.

The important thing for Byfield at this point is an individual recovery, regaining strength and energy as he works his way back into the shape of an NHL game. The fact that Byfield is exempt from the waiver makes things easier, as he is able to head to the AHL without a problem, although he was also eligible for an conditioning loan if he requested waivers. The focus on the AHL level is to get the player up to speed, as with everyone else.

“I would like to do that with Iafallo and anyone out there, Sammy Fagemo at the Palace, Turcotte, we want to get them all up to speed, because they are all important players and Q is no different than anyone else,” McClellan added. “He needs energy, he needs strength and he has to feel good about himself. We will see where you go this week.”

Looking at the upcoming AHL schedule, Ontario is going on a trip to Colorado over the weekend and back to California for Three on 4 next weekend. The Reign will be in San Jose on Thursday, in Bakersfield on Saturday, and in Ontario on Sunday to host the San Diego Gulls. The Kings are playing a two-day schedule this week, with home games on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday before hitting the road for four games in the North, starting in Calgary one week later tomorrow. It’s day in and day out when it comes to Byfield’s condition, but the schedule aligns well this week as it comes to his potential to play in some AHL work before returning to the NHL club. We’ll see how things turn out with both groups this week.

As noted this morning, the Kings are off today and will be back on the ice to practice tomorrow at 11am at El Segundo. The roster currently features 22 players (13F, 7D, 2G) but with both Los Angeles and Ontario within state lines this week, additional roster moves are a breeze if needed. A story about the offensive nature of the Hockey Kings with 14 games to follow this evening or first thing tomorrow!