Schenn, Hickey survive Kings' cuts; Moller and Teubert are gone
The Kings cut their training camp contingent to 35 on Sunday, and rookie standouts Brayden Schenn and Thomas Hickey made the cut.
Defenseman Colten Teubert was returned to his junior team, Regina of the Western Hockey League, and left wing Dennis McCauley was released from his training camp tryout.
No huge surprises here. Moller, who made the team out of training camp last sesaon and played 40 games, was a victim of the Kings' new depth at center and his own small stature. Schenn has been impressive and seems to be getting better as camp goes on.
Hickey was a plus-2 in the Kings' 4-1 victory over the Ducks on Saturday night at Staples Center and had a terrific assist on one of Schenn's goals. He has played well with Alec Martinez, showing mobility and smarts.
Should be an interesting week as the competition for jobs gets more intense.
The Kings practice Monday at El Segundo before flying to Kansas City for a "home" game against the New York Islanders at the Sprint Center. That arena was rumored to be the next home of the Penguins until they got their new arena deal. It's run by AEG, the Kings' parent company, so it's all one big happy family.
Then it's on to Denver -- hometown of owner Phil Anschutz -- for a game against the Avalanche on Thursday at the Pepsi Center. So that makes this the AEG road trip.
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