Earlier today we posted comments from Mike O’Connell, one of the LA Kings key management members responsible for developing the organization’s prospects. He shared thoughts on guys like Andy Andreoff, Derek Forbort and Michael Mersch. Be sure to check it out if you missed it.
Now, like we did with Development Camp in July, below is a first look at what the roster will most likely look like for Rookie Camp – which kicks off in LA on September 4.
In past years, the highlight of Rookie Camp has been the scrimmage game(s) at the end of the week. All camps were cancelled in 2012 due to the lockout, but in 2011 the Kings hosted a two-game tournament with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Although nothing is official just yet for this year, per Jon Rosen, the Kings and Ducks are working on a plan to host a home-and-home series, with tentative plans calling for a game in Anaheim on Friday, September 7 and at TSC in El Segundo on Monday, September 9.
Of course, sandwiched in between those two dates is the team’s annual HockeyFest on Sunday, Septmeber 8. And then the main portion of Training Camp begins with on-ice drills on Thursday, September 12.
Here’s a rough look at the Kings 2013 Rookie Camp roster…
#64 – Andy Andreoff – third round (80th overall) in 2011
#79 – Justin Auger – fourth round (103rd overall) in 2013
### – Matt Campagna – free agent invitee (5-foot-11 forward, 19 years old, Sudbury Wolves leading scorer)
#53 – Robbie Czarnik – third round (63rd overall) in 2008
#52 – Tomas Hyka – sixth round (171st overall) in 2012 [confirmed, staying in Sweden]
#48 – Maxim Kitsyn – sixth round (158th overall) in 2010
#51 – Brandon Kozun – sixth round (179th overall) in 2009 [read this update on Kozun]
### – Dominik Kubalik – seventh round (191st overall) in 2013 [note: was a late scratch from Dev Camp in July]
#78 – Cam Maclise – camp invitee [MayorsManor interview here]
#81 – Brian O’Neill – signed as a free agent March 15, 2012
#70 – Tanner Pearson – first round (30th overall) in 2012
#42 – Scott Sabourin – free agent signing by Manchester (AHL) in 2013, camp invitee
#76 – Nicholas Shore – third round (82nd overall) in 2011
#73 – Tyler Toffoli – second round (47th overall) in 2010
#57 – Linden Vey – fourth round (96th overall) in 2009
#60 – Jordan Weal – third round (70th overall) in 2010
#38 – Valentin Zykov – second round (37th overall) in 2013
#80 – Nicolas Deslauriers – third round (84th overall) in 2009
#40 – Nick Ebert – seventh round (211th overall) in 2012
#84 – Derek Forbort – first round (15th overall) in 2010
#62 – Zac Leslie – sixth round (178th overall) in 2013
#56 – Kurtis MacDermid – free agent signing in 2012
#61 – Colin Miller – sixth round (151st overall) in 2012
#41 – Alex Roach – free agent signing in 2011
#65 – Patrik Bartosak – fifth round (146th overall) in 2013
#35 – J.F. Berube – fourth round (95th overall) in 2009
#31 – Martin Jones – signed free agent deal w/ LA in 2008
#75 – Matthias Niederberger – signed free agent deal w/ Manchester after Dev Camp
Because the camp has served as a pseudo training camp for the Monarchs at times in the past, there is always the possibility of names like Hunter Bishop, Marc-Andre Cliché and/or Vincent LoVerde being included as well.
To see our most recent rankings of the Kings’ Top Ten Prospects, published in January 2013, click here. We’ll have an updated version of this list coming out in just a few weeks, right before Rookie Camp gets underway – expect several major changes in the rankings.
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