Per the annual summer tradition, nearly all of the Kings top prospects will be descending upon Los Angeles this weekend, in advance of the team’s Development Camp – that is set to open Monday at their training facility in El Segundo.
While the official roster will be available later in the week, below is the list of names expected to attend. One notable player missing is Nicolai Prokhorkin. From what we’ve been able to gather, he isn’t expected at Dev Camp this year. Further, although he is still technically signed to a deal with the KHL, many inside the organization expect that situation to be resolved in the coming month and have penciled in for a spot in Manchester for the 2014-15 season.
In years past, most prospects aged out of Development Camp after around three years pro, so the status of some ‘older’ prospects may be in question. Goaltender J.F. Berube is definitely not attending, while somebody like Nic Dowd (who only turned pro a few months ago), could still be among the participants. Meanwhile, we wouldn’t expect Andy Andreoff or Jordan Weal to attend this year, but we’ll see.
First draft of the names attending…
### – Mike Amadio – third round (90th overall) in 2014 – North Bay Battalion, OHL
#79 – Justin Auger – fourth round (103rd overall) in 2013
#63 – Jonny Brodzinski – fifth round (148th overall) in 2013
### – Taylor Burke – camp invitee (20-year-old, 6-foot-1 RW from Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL)
### – Holden Cook – camp invitee (19-year-old, 6-foot-1 RW from Owen Sound Attack, OHL)
### – Adrian Kempe – first round (29th overall) in 2014 – Modo, Sweden
#48 – Maxim Kitsyn – sixth round (158th overall) in 2010 (note: he did just get married this past weekend, might impact plans)
### – Dominik Kubalik – seventh round (191st overall) in 2013
#49 – Joel Lowry – fifth round (140th overall) in 2011
### – Jake Marchment – sixth round (157th overall) in 2014 – Belleville Bulls, OHL
#55 – Michael Mersch – fourth round (110th overall) in 2011
### – Matthew Mistele – sixth round (180th overall) in 2014 – Plymouth Whalers, OHL
### – Patrick Newell – camp invitee (5-foot-10 forward from Indiana, USHL… from Thousand Oaks and committed to St. Cloud State)
### – Spencer Watson – seventh round (209th overall) in 2014 – Kingston Frontenacs, OHL
#38 – Valentin Zykov – second round (37th overall) in 2013
#40 – Nick Ebert – seventh round (211th overall) in 2012
### – Steven Johnson – fourth round (120th overall) in 2014 – Omaha Lancers, USHL
#42 – Paul LaDue – fifth round (181st overall) in 2012
### – Alex Lintuniemi – second round (60th overall) in 2014 – Ottawa 67′s, OHL
#62 – Zac Leslie – sixth round (178th overall) in 2013
#56 – Kurtis MacDermid – free agent signing in 2012
### – Roland McKeown – second round (50th overall) in 2014 – Kingston Frontenacs, OHL
### – Jacob Middleton – seventh round (210st overall) in 2014 – Ottawa 67′s. OHL
#65 – Patrik Bartosak – fifth round (146th overall) in 2013
### – Alec Dillon – fifth round (150th overall) in 2014 – Victoria Grizzlies, BCHL
To see our most recent rankings of the Kings’ Top Ten Prospects, click here. This camp will serve as part of the evaluation process for the next edition of the rankings, which should publish right before Rookie Camp opens in September. With the recent trade of Linden Vey, there is guaranteed to be a new number one in a few months – perhaps even someone from the group attending Dev Camp.
As for the schedule, there are usually separate groups for the forwards, defensemen and goalies running from about 8:00-11:30am daily. Then, a full session with all prospects typically follows later in the afternoon, around 3:00pm. Expect the official schedule to be released in a few days.
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