Kings Prospect Tracker: First Report of 2015-16 Season

Wagner Austin Pats WHLAdding in the Kings’ 2015 Draft class to our Prospect Tracker, the organization now has players in all three Canadian junior leagues (WHL, OHL, and QMJHL), in addition to their prospects playing in college, the ECHL, and overseas. Let’s take a look at how everybody is doing thus far this season…

MIKE AMADIO: Forward, North Bay Battalion (3rd round pick in 2014, OHL)

6 goals, 6 assists, plus-4, 4 PIM in 12 games played

North Bay lost their one home and two away games last week. Amadio contributed to the games with two goals and one assist.

Amadio was named to the OHL Super Series roster on Tuesday.

ERIK CERNAK: Defenseman, Erie Otters (2nd round pick in 2015)

Cernak is currently awaiting his season debut with the Erie Otters.

ALEXANDER DERGACHYOV: Forward, St. Petersburg SKA (3rd round pick in 2015, KHL)

2 goals, 0 assists, minus-1, 2 PIM in 21 games played

SKA split their home games last week. Dergachyov was a non-factor on the scorehseet.

Dergachyov was named to Russia’s Super Series roster on Tuesday.

ALEC DILLON: Goalie, Edmonton Oil Kings (5th round pick in 2014, WHL)

6 games played, 2-2-1 record, 3.67 GAA, .872 SV%

After finishing off his season with the best GAA in the USHL, Dillon was signed by the Edmonton Oil Kings. Dillon played in one home game last week and recorded an overtime loss, making 15 saves on 18 shots.

STEVEN JOHNSON: Defenseman, University of Minnesota (4th round pick in 2014)

0 goals, 1 assist, minus-3, 0 PIM in three games played

The Gophers won both of their home games last week, but Johnson was scratched for both games.

MAXIM KITSYN: Forward, Manchester Monarchs (6th round pick in 2010, KHL)

0 goals, 1 assist, plus-1, 0 PIM in three games played

The Monarchs lost both their away and home games last week. In the two games, Kitsyn recorded four shots.

PAUL LADUE: Defenseman, University of North Dakota (6th round pick in 2012)

0 goals, 1 assist, plus-2, 0 PIM in six games played

LaDue started off his junior year on UND’s men’s hockey team as assistant captain. UND won both of their away games last week, but LaDue was a non-factor on the scoresheet.

ALEX LINTUNIEMI: Defenseman, Manchester Monarchs (2nd round pick in 2014, KHL)

0 goals, 0 assists, minus-4, 0 PIM in three games played

In the Monarchs’ two losses last week, Lintuniemi recorded five shots.

JAKE MARCHMENT: Forward, Erie Otters (6th round pick in 2014, OHL)

8 goals, 4 assists, plus-2, 7 PIM in 11 games played

The Otters lost both of their home games last week. Marchment contributed to the games with one goal and two assists.

JACOB MIDDLETON: Defenseman, Ottawa 67’s (7th round pick in 2014, OHL)

1 goal, 5 assists, minus-3, 14 PIM in 13 games played

Ottawa and Middleton played three home games last week, winning two and losing one. Middleton had an assist in the three games.

MATT MISTELE: Forward, Oshawa Generals (6th round pick in 2014, OHL)

5 goals, 8 assists, minus-9, 10 PIM in 14 games played

The defending Memorial Cup Champions lost their home game and split their away games last week. Mistele was a big contributor, with three goals and two assists.

Here is a video of his goal on Oct 25.

NIKOLAI PROKHORKIN: Forward, Salavat Yulaev UFA (4th round pick in 2012, KHL)

8 goals, 6 assists, plus-4, 42 PIM in 24 games played

Salavat Yulaev UFA and Prokhorkin won all three of their away games last week. Prokhorkin contributed to the scoreboard with two goals and an assist.

CHAZ REDDEKOPP: Defenseman, Victoria Royals (7th round pick in 2015, WHL)

2 goals, 2 assists, plus-2, 26 PIM in 13 games played

The Royals played three away games last week, losing two and winning one. In the three games, Reddekopp recorded 11 PIM.

ALEX ROACH: Defenseman, Manchester Monarchs (free agent signing)

0 goals, 0 assists, even, 7 PIM in two games played

Roach played in one of the Monarchs’ losses last week, recorded three shots. He was scratched for their second game.

MATT ROY: Defenseman, Michigan Tech (7th round pick in 2015, WCHA)

0 goals, 1 assist, minus-1, 0 PIM in four games played

Michigan Tech lost their away game and won their home game this past week. Roy contributed an assist.

MATT SCHMALZ: Forward, Sudbury Wolves (5th round pick in 2015, OHL)

2 goals, 4 assists, minus-15, 10 PIM in 13 games played

The Wolves lost their away game and split their home games last week. Schmalz recorded a goal.

DAMIR SHARIPZYANOV: Defensman, Owen Sound Attack (undrafted signing)

0 goals, 0 assists, minus-1, 4 PIM in three games

The Owen Sound Attack won both their home games last week, but lost their away game. Sharipzyanov recorded four PIM for the three games.

Sharipzyanov was named to Russia’s Super Series roster on Tuesday, joining fellow LA Kings prospect Alexander Dergachyov.

AUSTIN WAGNER: Forward, Regina Pats (4th round pick in 2015, WHL)

2 goals, 3 assists, plus-3, 23 PIM in 12 games

The Pats won their away game and lost their home game this past week. Wagner registered two PIM in the two games.

SPENCER WATSON: Forward, Kingston Frontenacs (7th round pick in 2014, OHL)

9 goals, 6 assists, plus-5, 2 PIM in 13 games played

The Frontenacs won all three of their away games last week. Watson was a huge contributor with three goals and an assist, two of the goals being game winners. He also had a game winning goal on Oct 18, making that three in a row.

He was also named to the OHL Super Series roster, joining fellow LA Kings prospect Mike Amadio.


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  1. Crown Royal says:

    Several years ago when I read about DL using the Devil’s blueprint or “chart” to slot players into specific roles in the lineup, I assumed it was more of an outline than something specific. I now realize that Lombardi is following Lou L’s chart, more or less verbatim. The LA Kings have now become the New Jersey Devils.

    Quick is Martin Brodeur, Dustin Brown is Kirk Mueller, Greene is Ken Daneyko, Kopi is turning into Scott Gomez, DD will eventually become Scott Stevens, and with some luck Kempe will be Elias, and Zykov will be Zubrus. The Kings have the potential to eventually grind out a couple of more Cups but in the end will decline into being an aging, boring, team like the Devils. The Kings are already boring to watch with the real excitement coming in the playoffs (if they make it there.)

    It’s difficult to get excited about the prospects now as most of them won’t get a really good shot at making the big club. Keeping Mersch in Ontario at present is an example. Stothers spilled the beans the other day when he suggested that, “Mershch is too good for the AHL.” Since then articles have been written about how Mersch is developing there, etc. It’s just smoke by the organization because they don’t want to create a roster spot for him at present in the big club. Mersch is ready to play in the NHL now but will stay down at Ontario anyway. Lesser talents like Nolan, Lewis, and Andreoff will continue in L.A. while he languishes there in the minors. This is not to knock those players just mentioned but they have lower ceilings than Mersch. If DL really wants a dynasty in L.A. he needs to bring the more talented players into the club and upgrade the overall quality of the roster. He won’t and he will ultimately fail to achieve his long-term goal.

    • Its difficult to agree that the Kings are boring to watch. The Winnipeg game was tight and well played with one defensive error being the difference. The Nashville game (after your post) was an excellently played match, even tighter than Winnipeg. High caliber, well structured hockey.

      Winning comes at the expense of high draft choices. Twenty five of the last forty Kings seasons offered substandard hockey and great farm talent which rarely blossomed due to the toxic conditions of premature call ups to the parent club. If offered the choice of a never ending pool of top talent being thrown to wolves or eight seasons of watching excellent, tight checking hockey, hockey wins every time.

      All clubs carry “Nolans” and “McBains”. However not every club can roll their L4, D3 players. To wit, Chicago won the last cup (mostly) playing 3 lines and 2 pairs. Financial considerations and waivers have always made this so, even prior to the cap era.

  2. I thought Prokhorkin was no longer Kings property? That’s why not in bold?