Day 2 – Notes and quotes, injury updates

Tuesday featured Day 2 of the 2021 Kings development camp and it included another top prospect facing an issue preventing him from skating, an upcoming schedule change and plenty of blue line quotes.

Here are some thoughts shared by 2021 first-round pick Brandt Clarke, as well as Jordan Spence, 2019 QMJHL Rookie of the Year (and 2020 Defenseman of the Year).

Clarke on first impressions of attending her first Dev Camp

It was awesome. I have been thinking about it for a long time. Since the night I was drafted, I can’t wait to come here and that’s all I could have dreamed of. It’s an amazing facility and a great organization. Everyone has been so nice to me; so welcoming. I have had a great experience here so far. And I look forward to being here for a very long time. I am really lucky to be a king of LA. … I feel good. I have the impression of reading the plays well; whether it’s defensively, I feel like I’m stopping guys 2 on 1 and 1 on 1. I feel like my shots are going well. I hit a lot of passes and feel fast there. So, yeah, I’m pretty happy with the way I’ve been so far. And I don’t want to let go.

Clarke on her overall expectations for this week

I just want to play my game. I just want to be a good teammate, listen to the coaches, be a good person in all areas and make a good impression on myself. As for the scrum that we have at the end of the week, I want to perform. I want to do my thing. I want to impress. This is what I look forward to. I can’t wait to have a fun week; it’s really good so far. They also have some stuff planned for us; we also go to the beach one day. I can’t wait, it’s great.

Clarke on what he was told about the plans for him this coming season

Really, not much. I think these are conversations to have in the future. I don’t really know what the expectations are at the moment. I do not know. It probably comes down to showing me how I am this week; how i behave in person, how i can play with these older guys. That’s probably what they’re looking at right now. That’s what officials are sort of taking notes right now. There aren’t really any expectations that have been expressed to me so far; no defined plan. But it’s probably coming soon.

Clarke on the hectic summer he had this year

Signing was a dream come true. It was really special for me and my family. World Junior Camp in Calgary for Team Canada, it was also a lot of fun. I think I did pretty well there and it’s always cool to be surrounded by the best players in your country and to be recognized as one of the best players in your country. The expectation to come here has definitely increased. I’m really lucky to be here and it’s great. I’m also coming back here in two weeks for the rookie tournament and main camp. It’s gonna be a lot of fun. It’s been very eventful and a lot of people congratulated me and stuff like that, but I want to stay focused. I want to be in the best shape of my life. I wanna show that I can, I can stay here. I can be an impact player whenever they want.

Clarke on areas of her game that still need improvement

I want to become stronger. I feel like I’m a good size for my body, but if I want to play in the best league in the world, you can’t be a little kid there. You have to be very present, especially on the blue line. So I want to complete, be a guy who’s in the net, push the guys back, clean the screens in front of our net and knock the guys down in the corner. That’s kind of what I want to do. This is what I insisted on a lot this summer. I feel like being stronger will help me in many areas of the game.

Spence turn pro this coming season and join Ontario Reign

It’s nervous and exciting at the same time. For me, playing in the AHL this year, I just don’t want to change my game. Obviously I have to adapt to the game. But I want to play my game and if there’s a thing or two that the coach tells me to do, I’m going to change it and adapt to it as the season goes.

Spence apparently teamed up with Clarke this week

He’s a great player and a great guy off the ice, so it’s pretty easy for me to have a conversation with him. He asked a lot of questions, just off the ice stuff and what he should do. If he doesn’t know the drill, or if he’s confused, I’ll just tell him what to do. But he’s also a smart guy. So he doesn’t really have to worry about it. It’s good for him to be here and he’s a great guy for the coach and the players as well. So it was good.

Spence on what happened since he was here the last time


Alex Turcotte: He “did not participate this morning out of excess of caution”. MayorsManor was also specifically told it was unrelated to Covid. It is considered a day to day situation.

Quinton Byfield: As we reported earlier, Byfield is left with a foot problem. On Monday, he left the ice after participating in only one activity on the ice for about six minutes. Apparently he’s been treating a foot injury lately; something that has been bothering him for about a week. He tried to give it a go and things didn’t go well. From what we’ve been able to gather, there’s no real rush to get him back there. It is in the day to day category.

– The Wednesday morning schedule has been updated:

Wednesday 25 August
9:30 am – Defense Group
10:15 am – Group before
3:00 p.m. – Full group

– We will also have a live broadcast Wednesday at noon, where we will be joined by Ontario Reign coach John Wroblewski. Be sure to stay connected.

If you missed Clarke on Kings Of The Podcast and / or what Mark Yannetti had to say about preparing to write it, be sure to catch up on those interviews using the links below.


Les Rois Du Podcast: Ep. 104 with Marc Yannetti

Kings Of The Podcast: Ep. 102 with Brandt Clarke and UFA Preview


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