Melee Day 2, where the attack thrives.
The Kings skated to a 6-6 draw in today’s scrimmage, with goals flying left and right throughout both sessions, for 30 minutes.
The first half saw the second group advance 3-1 with goals by Samuel Fajimo, Alan Quinn and Brendan Lemieux. Fagemo opened the scoring as he sprinted into the right circle and shot into the net for the first time of the day, followed by a superb goal from Quine, who combined with Brandt Clarke in the play. Lemieux then exchanged goals with defender Sean Walker, who scored for Group A late in the first half.
Quinn scored his second goal of the game early in the second half, with a penalty kick, before Trevor Moore intercepted a pass at his end, ran along the ice and was buried on a breakaway. Alex Yavalo and Gabi Velardi took the score to 5-3, with goals for Group A, before Fajimo combined his second goal of the morning with a superb finish. The first set came back to tie the game in the sixth, with Austin Wagner and Kevin Viala scoring late to lead the penalty shootout for the second day in a row. Group A won on penalties as Adrian Kempe SHG scored for the second day in a row.
For a look at how the kings lined up today, look here for gatherings. As a note, striker Philip Danault was originally set for Group C, but he has not skated today due to a ‘muscular issue’ that has kept him off the ice today. Todd McClellan called it “nothing serious” and indicated that Danault could be back with the group as soon as tomorrow.
“I wanted to come back, they offered me to come back, so I thought that was what I wanted first, and that was my first choice,” said Edler. “I loved everything here last year, and I think it worked for me and my family off the ice, and I really loved what we did on the snow. We added some pieces last year and we had a good season I think, and I wanted to be a part of it this year.”
That was Alex Adler when re-signing with Kings. Almost as a joke, he noted that it wasn’t necessarily his decision, but rather the kings offer and he agreed, although I think he was a bit modest. With the season around which Edler posted some excellent metrics, it’s possible that he would have had a lot more offers and opportunities if he had opted for unrestricted free agency.
But what he chooses to do is go back to something he thinks works, and that’s what royalty builds here in Los Angeles. Edler noted that he thinks the group here buys what gets built, a feeling that seems to run across the room.
Edler also focused on today’s topic from yesterday – expectations.
“I think before last season the expectations in the outside world may not have been that high, but I think we came together as a team and played the way we wanted and had some success, but that was last year and it will benefit to be tougher this year to take another step.”
Edler has been part of the teams that went from missing out on the playoffs to qualifying, as the Kings did last year, and watched a team follow up this season by making the playoffs again and taking the next step. He was also part of the teams that were in the same position, from outside the playoffs to inside, and took a step back by not doing the playoffs again.
Important experience he has, he has seen both sides of the coin, and he understands that taking the next step forward will not happen by itself. It requires hard work.
“When you have a good year, it won’t happen on its own next year,” he added. “It will be tougher, expectations are higher than the outside world, you will have higher expectations about yourself and you will want to do better. But you have to work for it. You have to take what you did last year and then build on it and don’t think it will happen by itself. It’s a lot of hard work.”
– Zach Dooley (@DooleyLAK) September 23, 2022
As a huge fan of alliteration, it was a good day for Samuel Fajimo to score twice in today’s brawl.
Now, Fagemo was a target for today’s interview regardless, taking the first crack on a streak with Philip Danault and Trevor Moore in place of the currently injured Victor Arvidson.
As a beginner here, it’s important to note that while Fagemo started camp here, the plan is to experience multiplayer in this setting. And this comes straight from the horse’s mouth from Todd McClellan.
“We’ll see different players take turns on that streak and don’t forget that by the time in a few weeks Arvy might be good and he’s not going to be up to par,” McClellan said. “In the long run, we see the three of them get back together and become productive. We know the lines don’t stay together all year, but initially from that place we want to get to. Sami was there today, there might be a different player there tomorrow, and the Games will The show is rotating different players in and out, but 99 percent are sure Trevor and Phil will play together and we’ll try to find the right piece.”
With that being said, Fagemo got his first look during yesterday’s skate and played with Moore and Rasmus Kupari today, with Danault not skating as mentioned above. The young Swede made the most of the day’s brawl, burying two goals using one of his most notable assets – his shot.
“Sami, a sniper, a very good player, had a good year last year,” Danao said of his new winger. “I can’t wait to see what he has [in a game], It’s hard to see in a quarrel, everyone is buzzing. It would be great to see him in an exhibition game.”
Danault indicated that he spoke with McClellan about identifying a player who might get into that streak while Arvidsson works his way back from injury.
While talking to Moore yesterday, he felt it was relatively easy to play with him and Danault, but it’s not like anyone could pull off the role. Fagemo is a player that both Danault and Moore have complemented, and whether or not he stuck with him for the duration of camp or if we saw more rotation as McLellan pointed out, Fagemo is a man who takes a hard-working approach on the 12th and 24th.
“I think we could probably play with a lot of players, but a guy like Sami, not only is he very talented, he works very hard and that complements our game very much,” Moore said. “We always want to be the more serious guys on the ice, you can’t do it without that. Sami was a really good fit.”
Fagemo noted that Arvidsson is a player who watches a lot of his videos, which gives him insight into how that streak plays, and what a third member should contribute. Fagemo thinks his streak approach fits well with the way he’s taking his game, too.
“I think their style is just to compete hard and they have a lot of speed and skill too,” Fajimo said today. “I think that fits my game too and it’s felt great so far.”
McClellan has said a few times now that we’ll see many players give a chance on that streak, but it’s fair to think that we at least might see Fagemo take a look during exhibition competitions, with that streak or not, to project himself for a place among the 13 or 14 strikers in the Opening night menu.
Regardless of his reach, he is grateful for his early opportunities and is determined to make the most of them going forward.
“I think this is a great opportunity for me and I am really grateful for that opportunity,” he said. “I’m just going to have fun with it, keep competing and keep cool, keep having fun.”
The Kings are back on the ice at the same schedule tomorrow, on the last day of the opening three to start camp. The squad will break up differently starting on Sunday, with the first games of the pre-season kicking off on Sunday and Monday, thus switching game groups and training groups based on the day. Full pre-season coverage will be found here on LAKI, including pre-match storylines and post-match notes and quotes.
As always, Insiders, thank you for reading!