LA Kings prospect Ray Kaunisto submits his bucket list

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 [...]

Rich Clune on Bud Holloway leaving Monarchs for Europe

Rich Clune in camp (photo: Ikiri)

During the Kings training camp last September, high-energy forward Rich Clune was starting to turn some heads.
Many thought he might even have a chance to crack the line-up in Los Angeles rather than spend a third season in Manchester (AHL).
Originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2005, Clune has since [...]

Muzzin at Kings camp – ‘Hey Jake, what’s up with that hair?’

Jake Muzzin at Kings Camp (photo: C. Ikiri)

On Friday we heard from LA Kings head coach Terry Murray, who shared some of his concerns with prospect Jake Muzzin’s development in Manchester last year – although, overall, he said Muzzin has “definitely come a long way.”
The 22-year old defenseman also stopped by MayorsManor to joke about [...]

LA Kings coaches heaping praise at goalie Martin Jones

Martin Jones (photo: Kasey Spatz)

You never quite know what you’re going to get with a prospect.
Young forwards usually need to learn the defensive side of the game before being NHL ready. Defensemen tend to mature around the age of 24. Goalies, historically, take a little longer.
As is the case with LA’s two Jonathans, Quick and [...]