Trevor Zegras and Jamie Drysdale had been anticipated to make their debuts Saturday with the Geese’ AHL staff. However the San Diego Gulls’ exhibition recreation in opposition to the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ affiliate, was known as off due to considerations over COVID-19 protocols.
“As a precaution on account of COVID-19 protocols, the San Diego Gulls postponed (Saturday’s) recreation in opposition to the Ontario Reign,” the Gulls stated in an announcement posted on their web site. “The Gulls group continues to stick to all native and state mandates to make sure the well being and security of our gamers, workers and dealing personnel.”
Saturday’s exhibition was to have been performed at Nice Park Ice in Irvine, the place the Gulls have relocated to start out the season. The Gulls and Reign additionally had been scheduled to play Sunday on the Kings’ coaching facility in El Segundo, the place Ontario has relocated.
“A dedication will likely be made at a later time,” the Kings stated in an announcement of Sunday’s recreation.
Zegras, the primary of the Geese’ two first-round draft picks in 2019 (ninth general), was the main scorer and MVP of the World Junior Championship earlier this month, propelling the USA to a victory over Drysdale and Canada within the gold medal recreation.
Drysdale was the primary of the Geese’ two first-round picks in 2020 (sixth general).
The AHL season is ready to start Feb. 5, though the schedule has not been launched.
Ben Hutton signed a one-season, $950,000 contract with the Geese on Friday.
When he joins them for a observe or a recreation remained to be decided Saturday.
When he does make his Geese debut, he’ll be a welcome addition.
“He’s going to suit proper in very properly,” Geese coach Dallas Eakins stated. “He can transfer the puck. He’s good on his ft. I believe he’s going to be a secure man. He had an actual strong yr final yr. I believe he’s additionally a man if any individual in our prime 4 goes down, we will breathe straightforward.
“It simply offers us just a little extra depth.”
So, what’s the hold-up?
“Immigration and the COVID protocols,” Eakins stated. “That’s arduous to place a timeline on, particularly the immigration stuff. Typically that works in a short time and typically it’s extraordinarily sluggish. Our aim is as quick as doable after the COVID protocol, however we might have to attend.”
Hutton, 27, had 4 targets and 12 assists in 65 video games final season with the Kings. General, he has 15 targets and 71 assists in 341 video games in his profession with the Kings and Vancouver Canucks. He was a fifth-round draft decide (147th general) in 2012. He’s a local of Brockville, Ontario.
The Geese wanted to bolster their depth on protection after the Detroit Pink Wings claimed Christian Djoos off waivers earlier this month and Brendan Guhle sprained his knee throughout a training-camp scrimmage. Guhle is anticipated to be sidelined for as much as six weeks.
By including Hutton, the Geese have a roster of eight defensemen from which to select, though the highest 4 determine to be set from recreation to recreation. Hampus Lindholm and Kevin Shattenkirk shaped their prime pair and Cam Fowler and Josh Manson made up their second for his or her season opener Thursday.
Jacob Larsson and Jani Hakanpaa skated collectively as their third pair.
Hutton and Kodie Curran might kind a union because the fourth pair.
“We actually consider in our again finish,” Eakins stated. “We actually need to be deep there. You want the numbers simply in case one thing goes south, whether or not it’s accidents or if COVID creeps into your dressing room and also you’ve received to place a variety of guys in your shelf.”