The Kings received a bit of a scare early in the offseason.
Jarret Stoll suffered a seizure on July 3 at his home in Hermosa Beach. While the details surrounding the seizure have not been made public, Stoll says he's all set to go for training camp, according to NHL.com.
I'm just moving on looking forward to the start of the season. Medically cleared, all those things, had great doctors take care of me in terms of getting ready for camp and being cleared for play. So that's all taken care of.
Stoll has also suffered two concussions in his career, the most recent of which came in last year's semi-final series versus the San Jose Sharks. Stoll sustained the concussion in Game 1 on a hit from Raffi Torres and didn't return until Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks. His previous concussion came during the 2006-07 season.
Usually the team's third-line center, the 31-year-old Stoll is one of the main reasons L.A. can role out three lines in almost any situation.
With the seizure clearly behind him, his health shouldn't be an issue at camp or heading into the season. But he and the team will obviously need to be extra cautious when it comes to dealing with possible concussions down the road.
The Kings were without Mitchell for all of last season because of a knee injury. He underwent surgery in December and again in early April. At that time it seemed possible the 36-year-old could be out for the 2013-14 season as well.
Fortunately, that's changed.
Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports that Mitchell expects to be ready for training camp.
Players are scheduled to report to the team’s El Segundo practice facility for physicals on Wednesday and take to the ice on Thursday. Mitchell said that the physical exam will be his final hurdle but that he expects to be cleared to return to the ice and plans to play without a brace.
Now the question is: How effective can Mitchell be throughout the season?
Given his age, prior injuries and the fact that the Kings are deep on defense, Mitchell may see limited action early on in the season. However, if he stays healthy and hasn't lost a step, he should be back to playing his normal minutes by midseason at the latest.
Mitchell is a smart, physical blueliner, especially in his own end. He's also a great penalty killer and could make a huge difference down the stretch as the Kings fight for a division title.