LA Kings prospect report – checking in with Nick Shore

Nick Shore has scored 13 goals for the Denver Pioneers this season.   And in the 11 games he’s found the back of the net (there were two multi-goal games), his team has won all 11.
“I guess we need to do a little more of that then,” he jokingly said when we talked last night.
The [...]

LA Kings sign one of the top college hockey free agents

In something that’s becoming quite the norm around this time of year for Kings GM Dean Lombardi, he added another college hockey free agent today.
Forward Brian O’Neill, who just finished his senior year at Yale, has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the team. According to reports, O’Neill was offered a similar deal last year, [...]

LA Kings prospects on TV tonight, plus other notes

It’s Friday, so it’s time for some college hockey. Three Kings’ prospects will be featured on TV tonight…
- First up, Derek Forbort and the University of North Dakota will be at Minnesota-Duluth (ranked third in the nation). That game can be seen on CBS College Sports at 5 pm PST (DirecTV 614). Forbort, who was [...]

Kings prospect Kevin Gravel emerging from the shadows

Kevin Gravel (photo: B Hemmelgarn)

When you’re taken in the fifth round of the NHL Draft, not many hockey fans know you’re name. Even the most diehard puckheads have only a cursory knowledge of guys selected outside of the first – maybe second – round. For every Brayden Schenn, there’s at least a dozen more like [...]

Big week for five of the LA Kings college prospects

As noted several times here on MayorsManor over the last few seasons, there has been a slow migration around the NHL away from relying so heavily on Canadian junior prospects. Conversely, we’ve seen a substantial increase in American-born players being taken in the first and second rounds of the NHL Draft.
The Kings are right [...]

Los Angeles Kings Prospect Report – November 10, 2011

It’s been another busy week for the LA Kings prospects. This time around, we have an almost broken foot, some expanding facial hair, a Russian invasion and much more. Take a look…
Manchester Monarchs
It was another rough weekend for the Monarchs, as they went 1-2 in their back-to-back-to-back games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. [...]

LA Kings prospects featured in three TV games tonight

Until the AHL or the Canadian junior leagues can find a way to get more air time on the NHL Network, college hockey broadcasts are your best best to regularly check out some of the Kings prospects on television.  Tonight, viewers are treated to a triple header…
Joel Lowry – The Kings 2011 fourth round draft [...]

Los Angeles Kings Prospect Report – November 2, 2011

So, what’s been going on with the LA Kings prospects since we checked in last week? Let’s take a look around North America at the various levels of hockey…and as an added bonus, this week’s report includes some quotes from a goaltender selected at the 2009 NHL Draft and a defenseman taken in 2010.
Manchester [...]

LA prospect Michael Mersch on Wisconsin’s big weekend

Mersch celebrates his first goal of the season

LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi had a plan five years ago and it was simple. Stock the team’s farm system with goalies first, then defenseman and eventually get to the forwards.
And over the last few drafts he’s picked up quite a few potential power forwards, including Michael [...]

LA Kings prospects on TV later this afternoon

Shore and Forbort at Kings camp (photo: C. Ikiri)

There’s no denying the growing impact of U.S. college hockey on the NHL.
And the LA Kings have been ahead of the curve in recent years, with a plethora of former student athletes on their roster.
Heck, on defense Drew Doughty is the odd man out, as everybody else went [...]