Kings no longer using Yellow Pages to find defenseman

Deslauriers – Rookie Camp, day one

During the 2006-07 NHL season, Dean Lombardi‘s first year at the helm in Los Angeles, Kevin Dallman and Mike Weaver combined to play 92 games on the Kings blueline.
While I’m sure that wasn’t what Lombardi was thinking about as he stood and watched part of Rookie Camp today from the [...]

Kings prospect Brandon Kozun goes high, low and yard

After hearing about it all summer, it’s finally here – the Brandon Kozun vs. Tyler Toffoli showdown.
On the eve of this year’s Kings Rookie Camp getting underway, Kozun returns to MayorsManor once again – this time, he’s talking playoffs, the NHL, baseball and a little more.
“There were some highs and lows during my first year [...]

LA Kings prospect Andy Andreoff pushing for Manchester?

Andreoff at Kings DevCamp (photo: K. Spatz)

Kings GM Dean Lombardi had a bit of a reputation for loving guys from the WHL just a few years ago. Yet, the tide has turned.
Most recently, he’s been stocking up on American-born players and more specifically, U.S. college players.
Then there’s the OHL factor. Three of the team’s prospects [...]

LA Kings prospect Ray Kaunisto submits his bucket list

MayorsManor LA Kings Kaunisto

If you’re a hockey fan on twitter, you know all about @BizNasty2point0. And if you’re a Kings fan, you should definitely be following @RayK71.
Signed as a free agent in March 2010, Ray Kaunisto might not be one of the more ubiquitous prospects in the organization – like Tyler Toffoli, Martin Jones, Derek Forbort, etc. Yet, [...]

Sneak Peek – a look at goalie JF Berube’s new mask design

If you’re a loyal reader of MayorsManor, you know all about the man known as ‘Hollywood.’
JF Berube was drafted by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Since then, he’s gone on to become one of the top goalies in the QMJHL.
Here are some details on his new mask.
As shown [...]

Another former Kings, Monarchs player signs in Europe

Several weeks back, Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi was visibly irritated when talking about a few of the team’s prospects signing in Europe this summer.
Gone from the pipeline are center Corey Elkins, left wing Bud Holloway and forward Oscar Moller.
Today brings news that John Zeiler has joined the ‘other side of the [...]

Confusion reigning between Kings and ECHL affiliate?

Being an ECHL affiliate to an NHL team isn’t quite as glamorous as it might seem on the surface.
The way hockey is structured, most top prospects are either playing major-junior in Canada – via the WHL, OHL and QMJHL – or are enrolled at an American University. Once the player is a little older, [...]

Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Holloway, Moller’s European Vacation

Oscar Moller at Rookie Camp 2010

At the end of the regular season, Kings’ prospect Bud Holloway stopped by MayorsManor to help preview the Manchester Monarchs first round playoff series with Binghamton.
One of the questions we touched on was did he expect to be called-up this past season, given he was the leading scorer in Manchester [...]

Who’s that goalie? – new favorite game of Kings’ Rich Clune

Jones and Zatkoff (photo: S. Slingsby)

Some guys like to kick the soccer ball around before a game. Others like to rock out to their ipod. Some like it loud, some like it quiet. Hockey players have are all sorts of pre-game rituals.
For Kings prospect Rich Clune, apparently checking the line-up isn’t one [...]

Rich Clune – prospect Brandon Kozun has ‘fire inside him’

Kozun at Kings Dev Camp (photo: K. Spatz)

While the hype meter on Kings prospect Brandon Kozun hasn’t reached anywhere near the level of Brayden Schenn circa summer 2010, anticipation for the speedy winger’s NHL debut continues to rise.
His expected battle with Tyler Toffoli looks to be one of the key stories to watch this September.
Prior [...]