2010 Eddie Joyal Award – gm3 leaderboard update

After the Kings lost to the Coyotes by a cumulative score of 5-2 tonight, some people may be asking ‘Where is the offense?’
Fear not, it’s preseason. Not only does it not mean much in the big picture, but the games are being somewhat watered down due to the Kings setting an NHL record by inviting [...]

OHL season kickoff w/ Windsor GM Warren Rychel

Several of his former teammates will tell you, ‘Warren Rychel’ wasn’t exactly the first name that came to mind when thinking of which players would turn into coaches or general managers after their days on the ice were over.
Yet, there’s no arguing with the results.
The former Kings tough guy is coming off back-to-back championships at [...]

2010 Eddie Joyal Award – gm1 leaderboard update

With the first preseason game now in the books for the Kings, we have an early leader for this year’s Eddie Joyal Award.
Although both of the predicted winners, Brad Richardson and Michal Handzus (listed at 2-1 favorites), each scored a goal in the Kings victory over the Avs, it was two players completely off the board [...]

The 2nd Annual Eddie Joyal Award

During the offseason we’ve brought you many interviews with players from throughout Kings history – guys like Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne, Brian Kilrea (scored the first ever goal in team history) and Noah Clarke (first Southern California born player to score a goal with the team).
Today, we take another look at a guy from [...]

Camping Guide 2010 – Interview w/ Thomas Hickey

A little more than four years ago two former NoCal sports executives headed south to take over a pair of struggling Los Angeles franchises.
Ned Colletti has since rebuilt the Dodgers into a team with a strong core and plenty of prospects. Ironically, they’ve been known for decades as a pitching-first franchise – today, it’s one [...]

Camping Guide 2010 – Interview w/ Jordan Weal

On June 27, 2009 the experiment ended. Six years earlier, the Kings had used the second of two first round picks they received in a deal with Colorado (for Rob Blake) to select 6’7″ Brian Boyle.
On that day he was jettisoned to the New York Rangers for a third round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Then, [...]

Camping Guide 2010 – Interview with Brandon Kozun

Too small. Too short. Not big enough.
Listed at 5′ 8″, Brandon Kozun has heard it all before. Yet, it hasn’t stopped the 20-year old right winger from putting together an impressive hockey resume.
He’s coming off back to back 100+ point seasons for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Last year he led all of junior [...]

Camping Guide 2010 – Interview with Jordan Nolan

Some players have a very linear path to the NHL. They play for one junior team, get drafted, make a brief stop with that team’s AHL affiliate and then eventually make their NHL debut.
Jordan Nolan isn’t one of those players.
His story reads more like the tough luck, work extremely hard for everything he’s earned path.
At [...]

LA-PHX Rookie Game #2 Preview with Corey Elkins

Game one is in the books, with the Kings picking up a 5-4 win in overtime.
A few hours from now the two-game series wraps up with a matinee affair in Glendale, AZ.
For some players this will be it, their final game in a Kings jersey. For many others, they’ll be returned to their junior teams over the [...]

What to do with Martin Jones?

One game doesn’t make a career. He isn’t a bust. The Kings shouldn’t trade him.
Just sayin’ – he sure hasn’t risen to the occasion when there’s a crown on his chest.
I interviewed over a dozen players selected at this past June’s NHL Draft. Every one of them who played in the WHL listed Martin Jones [...]