Monday: Live reports from LA Kings Development Camp

Need your hockey fix?
Well, as you (should) know by now, the Kings annual summer Development Camp will be in full swing today at their practice facility in El Segundo this morning.
The basic schedule is as follows:
Group A – Practice, 8:00-9:15 a.m.Game – 9:30-10:30 a.m.Group B – Practice, 10:45-Noon
Tomorrow will follow the same agenda.
All of the [...]

Kings prospect Brandon Kozun says ‘I’m ready for the NHL’

Brandon Kozun, 2009 Kings draft pick

If you’re a prospect in the Kings organization right now, it’s probably best to be a forward.
The goaltending situation in LA is set with Jonathan’s Quick and Bernier. Manchester is even solid there too, with Jeff Zatkoff and Martin Jones.
Defensively, the Kings top-6 are arguably the best [...]

Invitee Interview – David Friedmann talks Kings Dev Camp

Friedmann, Team Canada

Of the 35 kids participating in the Kings annual Development Camp, only one player – David Friedmann – still calls the OJHL home. It’s a junior-A hockey league, one step below the more well known major-junior leagues, like the OHL and WHL.
Back in the day, reigning NHL Rookie of the Year, Jeff [...]

Tweeting the night away with LA Kings Campers

Forbort, Dowd, Kaunisto via @RayK71

Tweet, tweet!
I know, I know – you prefer facebook.
For everybody else out there who likes to follow the action and conversations that take place in no more than 140-character sound bites, good news…
Of the 35 guys scheduled to attend this year’s Development Camp, many of them are on twitter. And several [...]

Monarchs’ Kaunisto talks Clune, Kozun, Kings Dev Camp

Over the past 18 months GM Dean Lombardi and the Kings have been stuffing their pipeline with left wings, American born guys and/or college hockey players.
Ray Kaunisto meets all three categories.
His name isn’t mentioned much when talking about the Kings prospects though, except to maybe only the most die-hard fans. He’s largely gone under [...]

Soo Greyhounds GM says Kings getting Richard Clune II?

Michael Kantor of Soo Greyhounds

With the Los Angeles Kings annual summer Development Camp about to get underway we’ve been posting pre-camp comments from the players, their coaches and/or their general managers.
Among the group of 35 players who will take the ice at TSC are 14 invited guests – essentially, undrafted players, mostly from Canadian junior [...]

Interview with LA Kings 2011 draft pick Michael Mersch

When it comes to prospects currently in the LA Kings pipeline, here’s a quick overview of where things stand…
One, they seem to have an abundance of defensemen. Two, for the first time in franchise history they’re stacked in net. And three, GM Dean Lombardi was probably close to putting a ‘left wings wanted’ [...]

DevCamp 2011: pre-camp comments from Kevin Gravel

For those who follow the Los Angeles Kings prospects, especially the defensemen, you’re probably familiar with names like Derek Forbort, Thomas Hickey and Viatcheslav Voynov.
Yet, start to remember the name Kevin Gravel.
The 6-foot-4 blueliner recently wrapped up his freshman season at St. Cloud State University, where he won William Radovich Award for the most [...]

Interview w/ LA Kings 2011 draft pick Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher is a man of many teams.
He split time last season between Frolunda HC‘s under-18 team and under-20 team, the latter of which is part of the SuperElit, Sweden’s top junior league. In his 22 games with the big club he picked up seven points (four goals, three assists), to go along with his [...]

Pre-camp comments from Windsor GM Warren Rychel

Windsor Spitfires Posa and Brown

Warren Rychel helped the Los Angeles Kings reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993 and finally won the NHL’s top prize as a member of the Colorado Avalanche back in 1996.
These days he runs the Windsor Spitfires, one of the most successful junior hockey franchises – having won back-to-back Memorial Cups [...]