2013 DevCamp Preview: Seven questions with Nic Dowd

Dowd DevCamp 2012

When the St. Cloud State Huskies made their first-ever appearance at the NCAA’s Frozen Four in April, they did it with two of Dean Lombardi’s recent draft picks – forward Nic Dowd (2009) and defenseman Kevin Gravel (2010).  Little did anybody know at the time though, the Kings would later select Dowd’s linemate, freshman Jonny Brodzinski, at last month’s NHL Draft.
All three [...]

2013 DevCamp Preview: Seven questions with Kevin Gravel

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With dozens of Kings prospects descending upon LA this week, we recently began our annual Development Camp Preview series. Things kicked off this time around with a pair of prospects selected at last month’s draft in New Jersey. Both guys – forward Justin Auger and defenseman Zac Leslie – had been teammates with the Guelph [...]

2013 DevCamp Preview: Seven questions with Justin Auger

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Continuing with our Development Camp Preview series, let’s help you get to know Justin Auger.
Like defenseman Zac Leslie – who we posted a preview with last hour – Auger has played for the OHL’s Guelph Storm the past two seasons. Standing a towering 6-foot-6, the young right wing posted 33 points (16 goals and 17 [...]

Third time’s the charm for Kings 5th rd pick, Jonny Brodzinski

Brodzinski and Dowd SCSU

In 2010 LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi used his fifth round pick to select defenseman Kevin Gravel, who was coming out of the USHL and headed to St. Cloud State University in the fall.
The year prior, LA’s GM had used a seventh round pick to nab forward Nic Dowd, who was headed to the USHL [...]

10 Tidbits with first Development Camp invitee of 2013

Cam Maclise LA Kings camp invitee 2013

Even though their season is over, the LA Kings are still gearing up for a very busy next couple of weeks. Major items remaining on the agenda include the impending trade of Jonathan Bernier, next weekend’s NHL Draft and one of the most anticipated events of the summer – Development Camp.
Approximately 25 of their top prospects [...]

Prospect Brandon Kozun primed for a shot at LA dreams

Kozun Kings MayorsManor

When Kings prospect Brandon Kozun was in LA last month as part of the ‘Black Aces’ group, he greeted us with the same attitude we’ve come to expect over the last few years – “It’s awesome to be back. I love this place,” he told MayorsManor upon arriving in town. “Any time I can come [...]

Two down, one to go for the White Line

Vey Toffoli LA Kings 2013

Last season, Linden Vey made his pro debut with the Manchester Monarchs and went on to post 19 goals and 43 points. A fine rookie season indeed, but a far cry from his 46 goals and 116 points the year prior – en route to winning the WHL scoring title. Yet, that’s what often happens [...]

Post-Game 2: Comments from Kings rookie Tyler Toffoli

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Following the Kings’ come-from-behind win over the visiting San Jose Sharks in Game 2, here’s what rookie Tyler Toffoli had to share…
- On setting up Trevor Lewis for the game-winning goal:
“It was huge, I just want to continue, working hard, getting pucks to the net and creating chances. We got a good bounce there and [...]

Chemistry 101 with Kings’ prospects Linden Vey and Jordan Weal

:Linden Vey - LA Kings Black Aces 2013

We’ve all heard about the importance of chemistry, especially as it relates to team sports. When certain guys have it the sum of their parts can equal more than the individuals and great success can come from it. On the other hand, a lack of chemistry can cause players to be traded, managers to be [...]

10 Tidbits from the Black Aces

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With more than a dozen of the Kings’ top prospects in town for the playoffs, it’s time to check in with some of the guys and see what’s going on. Here, we talked with defenseman Nick Deslauriers, plus forwards Andy Andreoff, Linden Vey and Jordan Weal…
- Vey on learning the importance of playing sound defensively: [...]