Kings team captain Dustin Brown skated Monday for the first time since suffering an injured hamstring on the first day of training camp Sept. 12. He skated onto the ice with assistant coach Davis Payne and went through a series of drills after his teammates completed their workout. It’s unclear whether he’ll be sound enough or fit enough to play in the Kings’ season opener Oct. 3 against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn.
“It’s the first day he’s skated, so we really don’t know,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said when asked about the steps Brown must take before he’s ready to join the lineup. “He’s a player who is clearly behind. He’s skated one day since the start of camp. He’s not a guy who can just jump into a game. If he doesn’t get into any exhibition games, I would say it’s highly unlikely you’ve got a player that’s ready for the (regular) season.”
The Kings have exhibitions Tuesday against the Ducks at Staples Center and Friday against the New York Rangers and Saturday against the Avalanche in Las Vegas.
Brown was hurt during a one-on-one drill during the opening day of camp.
“I was just in a weird position when it happened,” he said Monday. “Just a weird situation, I guess.”
Of playing sooner rather than later, Brown said, “I think they’re being cautious. I’ll be good to go.”