Trent Hunter arrived at Kings' camp on Saturday with a pro tryout agreement and nothing much more than that. However, the coaching staff of the Kings might be taking the 31-year-old a bit more seriously than anyone anticipated.
Due to the flu, Justin Williams was not at practice yesterday which meant that Hunter was inserted on the top line as his replacement. Does this mean that if Hunter makes the team, he'll be a top-line player? No. But that's okay. Given that the team wants to be craeful with Scott Parse, who is currently having trouble with his hip, they may look at Hunter as an "insurance policy".
Although Hunter may not play all 82 games for Los Angeles this season, the hopes is that he can fill in for the aforementioned Parse or Loktionov should either of them miss any time due to injury. Better yet, if anyone's game goes to hell, Hunter should be counted on to fill in.
We're just entering Day 3 of training camp for the Los Angeles Kings but there is already plenty to be excited about including the amount of competition going on, which is something fairly new to the Kings this time of year and Trent Hunter certainly helps matter by being there.