The 23 man 2010-2011 Los Angeles Kings roster is set. It includes Kyle Clifford, Brayden Schenn, Trevor Lewis and Andrei Loktionov. With Scott Parse looking like he is heading to the IR for a time, Brad Richardson will maintain his promotion to the 2nd line left wing spot.
While the roster may be in place, it is still unclear who the regular 4th line will consist of as well as who will be Jake Muzzin’s partner on defense. Peter Harrold has played well, though conventional wisdom has Drewiske holding on to Matt Greene’s spot. Don’t be surprised for Muzzin-Harrold to be more regular than Muzzin-Drewiske until Greene returns.
As for the 4th line, we have seen many combinations and its anyone’s guess who the healthy scratches will be until Parse returns. It is likely that with 3 youngsters on the roster that the 4th line will change from night to night. Kevin Westgarth is the closest to a regular lock as far as I can figure. Clifford also probably has the 4th line LW spot all to himself for the most part, though all three of the centers can fill in on the LW if the mood strikes Terry Murray.
My question is, when Parse does return, does he automatically get his spot back on the 2nd line? Will Richardson be demoted to the 4th line regardless of his performance? Hard to say.
No matter what, when Parse does get healthy, someone will have to be cut.
Also, Erik Ersberg and Rich Clune garnered no interest from the other 29 teams as no one put in a bid to claim either player.