The Kings got some tough, but favorable, news on Thursday regarding Gabriel Vilardi.
Vilardi, the club's first-round selection (11th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, will be sidelined for Rookie and Training camps as he recovers from a back strain.
But Kings GM Rob Blake is optimistic on Vilardi's status, despite the fact the forward will miss all on-ice action and has no timetable set for his return.
"Gabe has already begun his rehabilitation and continues to work hard," said Blake in a release. "The injury is something that flared up throughout the summer."
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