EL SEGUNDO--Just a few updates from a 30-minute practice Friday morning at Toyota Sports Center, which wrapped up with this shootout competition.
It appears the Kings came out of Thursday night’s physical 3-1 victory against the Dallas Stars at Staples Center with nothing more than a few bumps and bruises. Drew Doughty shows off his new shiner in the above video, courtesy of a hit by Adam Burish that earned him a five-minute boarding penalty.
Other than that, Doughty, who recently returned from a six-game absence due to a concussion, said he’s fine.
No decision yet on Kings rookie Brayden Schenn, who has appeared in eight games. Once he plays in 10, the first year of his entry-level contract will kick in and the Kings will be required to pay the full year, whether he sticks with the club or not.
Schenn, who is too young to be sent to the American Hockey League, has said that just practicing with the Kings has been a great learning experience.
Kings coach Terry Murray was asked if it would be more beneficial for Schenn’s development to stick with the Kings, even as a part-time player, than to be sent back to the junior level, where he would likely dominate.
Murray said that was a difficult question to answer because he hasn’t seen a junior game in a long time.
“I need to take it upstairs to the people who know both sides of that, who see those junior teams on a regular basis,” he said. “Is the competition good enough for him to go back and do the things that we’re talking about?”