Four Kings prospects set to square off on TV

It isn’t often you can watch four LA Kings prospects play on TV, but tonight is one of the rare exceptions. Better yet, you’ll be able to see two of the Kings top 10 prospects – one on defense and one at forward.

CBS Sports Network (DirecTV 221, Dish 152) is the place to be tonight at 6pm PST, as they will air North Dakota at St. Cloud State.

UND started the year slowly, but is 14-2-1 in their last 17 games. They also feature Paul LaDue on defense, a true freshman who was selected by the Kings at the 2012 NHL Draft. He arrived at school with a reputation for being a good offensive guy, but our sources there say he’s been nothing short of great defensively with an outstanding hockey sense.

LaDue scored two goals last Saturday, but just look at some of his other stats. In the 15 games played since Dec. 7, he’s been plus-17. That’s the best plus-minus of any defenseman in the nation during that span. Sure, he had a plus-6 game against Miami on Feb. 15, which helps, but in that stretch he’s only been a minus once and even twice. The other 12 games he’s been a plus-player.

With his current pkus-11 rating for the season, LaDue is tied for the NCHC lead among rookies.

You want to talk about good defensemen some more?

How about Kevin Gravel, who patrols the blueline for St. Cloud0, a top-five ranked school all season. He has only one minor penalty this season. Known as a stay-at-home defenseman, he was drafted in 2010,the same year the Kings selected Derek Forbort in the first round. I profiled him for LAKings.com recently and if you missed it, click here. Good quotes from Kings staff and you’ll get a better picture of just how good this kid is. He’s been compared to Rob Scuderi. Not bad.

Gravel also has two other Kings prospects as teammates. Forward Jonny Brodzinski was selected by LA in the fifth round last year. He’s a sniper. I did an interview with him here.

Finally, there’s Nic Dowd – who, along with Gravel, serves as the team’s co-captain. He just cracked the Kings top 10 mid-season prospect rankings earlier this week (link).

This game is for first place in the conference and is already sold out. It should be a thrilling game, with playoff implications on the line, as the college hockey regular seasons ends next week.

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

NHL playoffs WCF ECF 2016

Hoven on ESPN Radio: Game 7s out West and a Stanley Cup Prediction

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on ESPN Radio, where he joined hosts Chris Hart and Gary Dickman to discuss the Western and Eastern Conference playoff races, including offering predictions on who wins Game 7 between the Sharks and Predators, which team will prevail in Game 7 of the Blues-Stars series, why […]

Sirius XM NHL Network

Hoven on NHL Radio: Kings Roster Plans and Sutter’s Future

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined hosts Scott Laughlin and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to discuss all the latest news surrounding the Kings, including: coach Darryl Sutter’s immediate future, Dean Lombardi’s salary cap problems, the possibility of Milan Lucic re-signing in Los Angeles, potential trades, Dustin […]

Wagner Austin Pats WHL

Kings Prospect Tracker: Report For Week Ending Apr. 24, 2016

Below are brief updates on all LA Kings non-AHL prospects, meaning guys playing in the three Canadian junior leagues (WHL, OHL, and QMJHL), plus college, ECHL, and overseas:
MIKE AMADIO: Forward, Ontario Reign (3rd round pick in 2014, OHL)

Regular season: 50 goals, 48 assists, plus-30, 40 PIM in 68 games played
Playoffs: 12 goals, 6 assist, plus-3, […]

Major News Items

LAK Prospect No 1

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. I see Hudson Fasching is also on TV tonight.