Quinton Byfield primed to lead Kings’ youth brigade

Precisely when the hockey season begins in earnest – or if it ever ends at all – may be up for debate, however the Kings took another step toward the regular season by kicking off rookie camp Thursday.

They did so with a more complete group on the ice than they had earlier this summer at development camp, including 2020’s No. 2 overall pick, Quinton Byfield.

Due to a foot injury, Byfield was sidelined during development camp, as was another fellow center and top prospect Alex Turcotte (No. 5 overall in 2019), who underwent an appendectomy. Both are back on the ice now, and despite Byfield’s six NHL games comprising the sum of their top-level experience, the pair are relatively seasoned at a rookie camp where some are attending for the first time.