We have some positive news to pass on regarding a pair of Kings prospects, as Quinton Byfield and Alex Turcotte are close to returning to action.
When it comes to Turcotte, who was originally selected in the 2019 NHL Draft, his health and well-being remain their top priority. Life off the rink will always be more important than what happens on the ice. However, after a visit with several doctors – including one of the top specialists in Utah – things continue in the right direction for the 21-year-old striker.
after we Turcot is first informed that she will return to practice About three weeks ago, he showed steady improvement. From what we’re hearing now, he’s about to be cleared of the action game.
During his recent visit to Kings Of The Podcast, Kings GM Rob Blake detailed Turcotte’s situation, noting – “He’s been dealing with The concussion injury that occurred at the end From last year… “Before I say the young center was doing better during the summer, then suffered a setback before the training camp.
Turcotte recently returned to training with Ontario Reign and was wearing a colorful mask; Something that is believed to help reduce flashing lights that can disturb players returning from a concussion. When he finally adapts to a game again, it will be his first action in the AHL since May 2022.
In the meantime, we’ve also collected a few tidbits about the status of fellow superstar potential client Quinton Byfield. After scratching late Thursday, October 27 against Tampa Bay, the 20-year-old center was sidelined with what were described as flu-like symptoms. So far, he’s now missed five games with the Kings… and Saturday’s game against Florida will be game six.
Byfield is set to resume skiing soon, after some light off-ice activity the past few days. More interest is the possibility of what comes next. From what we understand, the task of adapting to Ontario Reign is out of the question. While, technically, it wouldn’t be a formal ‘adaptive mission’ because it’s exempt from assignment (meaning it can flow freely, moving up/down between the AHL and the NHL as often as needed), that’s basically what it will be.
Last season, Byfield split time between the two leagues after injuring an ankle in September 2021. Once he recovered, he joined Reign in December and played 11 games for Ontario before eventually being called up to Los Angeles. During the second half of last season, the 6-foot-5 forward scored 10 points (5G, 5A) in 40 regular season games with the Kings and went on to play in all seven games in the post-season game between Los Angeles and Edmonton. .
With eight NHL games played for the Kings this season, Byfield has earned three assists.
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