The Kings announced a second round of cuts, trimming their training-camp roster to 37 Friday. Forwards Justin Auger, Ryan Horvat, Maxim Kitsyn, Michael Mersch and Scott Sabourin and defensemen Kevin Gravel, Zachary Leslie, Kurtis MacDermid, Colin Miller and Alex Roach were assigned to the Kings’ AHL team in Manchester, N.H.
Defenseman Alex Lintuniemi and forward Valentin Zykov were returned to their junior teams, Ottawa of the OHL and Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL.
Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers was released from his pro tryout.
Scott Sabourin made quite an impression on the Kings during training camp. He was aggressive and effective during limited action during exhibition games and the Kings rewarded him Monday with a three-year entry-level contract. The 21-year-old Sabourin had one goal and seven penalty minutes in two exhibitions. He will likely play this season with the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League. But a promotion isn’t out of the question at some point in 2013-14. He had 50 points and 142 penalty minutes last season with the junior-level Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. He later jointed the Monarchs for the final five regular-season games plus three playoff contests.
The Kings trimmed their training camp roster to 34 on Saturday.
Loaned to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League:
Center Andy Andreoff, goalie J.F. Berube, center Robert Czarnik, defenseman Nicolas Deslauries, goalie Martin Jones, left wing Maxim Kitsyn, defenseman Colin Miller, right wing Brian O’Neill, defenseman Alex Roach, center Jordan Weal.
Assigned to Manchester’s training camp:
Defenseman Vincent LoVerde, right wing Cameron Maclise, goalie Mathias Niederberger, right wing Scott Sabourin.
Re-assigned to junior team:
Right wing Valentin Zykov (to Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League).
Scott Sabourin made an impression during his first exhibition with the Kings on Sunday, drawing a fighting major and an interference with the goaltender penalty. His was one of the few fiery performances in an otherwise drab showing. The 21-year-old right wing made it clear after the game that he likes to play a physical style. Anything else and he should be banished to the bench. “If I don’t get a hit in early, I feel like I sleep through the game,” said Sabourin, who is 6-foot-3 and 203 pounds. “I know I have to protect the guys out there.” Toughness is a skill the Kings value, and no one likes to see a good check like coach Darryl Sutter. Sabourin doesn’t figure to make the cut with the Kings, but he’s worth keeping an eye on when he joins Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League.