The Los Angeles Kings trade Quinton Byfield to the AHL
The Los Angeles Kings have traded a young forward Quinton Byfield to the Ontario Reign of the AHL, the team announced this afternoon. No corresponding move has been announced. The moves come after Byfield missed the previous six games due to illness.
After earning a regular job in the Kings’ lineup out of training camp, Byfield started the season with three assists in eight games. Byfield, the second overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, has yet to reach the ceiling the Kings hoped for, but that doesn’t appear to be the reason for the allocation. Seconds LA Kings Insider’s Zach Dooleythe move looks to be one that will allow Byfield to return to game form after illness.
This point was favored by the Kings head coach Todd McLellan, who spoke with Dooley. McLellan said Byfield being on the ice in the first place was a great sign, considering the forward had lost a lot of weight. McLellan added that he does not believe a player should lose his spot due to injury or illness and that no decision on Byfield or Rasmus Kupari, a Kings first-round pick who has filled Byfield’s spot on the third line nicely, has yet to be done because Byfield simply isn’t ready to play. Kupari has a goal and an assist in five games with the Kings so far this season.
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