LA Kings Prospect Report – for some, the playoffs continue

The herd is starting to thin.
When the junior hockey playoffs began a few weeks ago the Los Angeles Kings were well represented. They had the WHL scoring champion (Linden Vey), a player on the top team the WHL (Brayden Schenn), the OHL scoring champion (Tyler Toffoli), a player on the top team in the OHL [...]

LA Kings Prospect Report – Sweeping Through the Playoffs

Things are moving right along in the junior hockey playoffs.
And if there is a theme so far, this may be the year of the sweep.
Among the Kings prospects participating in post-season play either in the WHL, OHL or QMJHL, there were three series that ended in sweeps during the first round – followed by three [...]

LA Kings Prospect Report – 2011 Playoffs, Round 2 Updates

While the Kings get ready for their opening round showdown with the San Jose Sharks later this week, their junior prospects are already two games into the second round of the CHL playoffs.
Below is a brief overview of how each of LA’s top prospects have fared so far, plus a look ahead to the Manchester [...]

Interview with OHL Scoring Champion Tyler Toffoli

Heading into the NHL Draft last June many scouts had Tyler Toffoli pegged as a late first rounder. With some questioning his skating ability, he dropped a bit and when he was still sitting there mid-way through the second, Kings GM Dean Lombardi did his thing – ‘Dealer Dean’ traded his second and fourth round [...]

…And Now You’re Caught Up – March 21, 2011

It’s been another busy week in the sports world, so you may have missed a few odds and ends out there.
Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Here are the ten Kings related (or at least hockey related) items you should definitely know about heading into the week ahead…
* Call it the junior hockey version of [...]

Kings Prospects Finish as WHL and OHL Scoring Champs

Vey (WHL) and Toffoli (OHL)

In what is almost becoming a broken record, the Kings prospects are at it again.
Last year Brandon Kozun won the WHL scoring title.  Then, a few months ago it was Brayden Schenn re-writing the World Junior record book…
Now this – Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey finished atop the scoring races in their [...]

LA Kings Prospect Report – Close to The End

The college hockey season is over, junior hockey wraps up this weekend and the AHL isn’t far behind.
That’s right – the playoffs are almost here.
Most junior teams have a pair of games left this weekend and nearly all of the Kings top prospects in the CHL are poised for great playoff runs, as detailed below.
Also making the [...]

LA Kings Prospects: Toffoli Rising, Hickey Dropping

Earlier this week I posted a recap of last Sunday’s meeting with Kings GM Dean Lombardi and Assistant GM Ron Hextall.
Among the notes there were comments on several Kings prospects, including recent first round draft picks Derek Forbort and Thomas Hickey.
Now, for views from an independent source, HockeysFuture.com has released their latest rankings of the [...]

Prospect Report – Kozun, Toffoli, Forbort, etc.

Being able to acquire Dustin Penner on Monday for a prospect and two draft picks just goes to show how deep the Kings development pool is these days under GM Dean Lombardi.
In part, LA could afford to trade defenseman Colten Teubert (a former first round pick) because of the wealth of young talent on the [...]

Special Seasons Continue for LA Kings Prospects

Over the past few seasons the Kings have been blessed with stellar performances from several of their prospects playing junior hockey.
Andrei Loktionov won a Memorial Cup in 2009, Thomas Hickey captained Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, Brandon Kozun was the CHL’s Top Scorer and Martin Jones the WHL’s Top Goaltender – just to [...]