Anatomy of a Draft Pick – How the Kings Decided on Byfield

It seems that nearly every year there is a debate among two players either at or near the top of the NHL Draft board. This year was no exception, with Quinton Byfield vs. Tim Stuetzle being a common theme among prognosticators and fans alike.
Less than 18 hours after the Draft Lottery, where the Kings were […]

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Joni Jurmo, Finnish Defenseman

Yesterday, we discussed extensively the expected second overall pick for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. As we round the corner, we continue our focus on players the Kings could be picking from round two onwards.
Last season, Los Angeles picked a couple of blueliners out of Europe. There are some more enticing Europeans who could be […]

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Ryan O’Rourke, OHL Defenseman

In a previous article, we examined a player the Kings could be targeting for their second selection at the 2020 NHL Draft – meaning, after they take somebody in the No. 2 overall position. For context, MayorsManor editor John Hoven recently theorized LA will likely be drafting a defenseman with their next pick.

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2020 NHL Draft Preview: Quinton Byfield, OHL Forward

One of Dean Lombardi’s most impactful picks came in the form of Drew Doughty at second overall. Twelve years later, the Kings would benefit if the lottery provided the same courtesy.
According to Tankathon, Los Angeles has a 9.6% chance of winning this position. While it seems unlikely, remember that New York won the Kaapo Kakko […]

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Alexis Lafreniere, QMJHL Forward

As sports across the world have been adjusting and planning to the COVID-19 pandemic, we return with a look on the next event further reshaping the Kings future: the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Los Angeles’ late-season surge of a seven game-winning streak before the NHL shut down pushed the Kings to 28th overall – the fourth […]

LA Kings 2020 Prospect Rankings – Goalie Depth Chart

Before we get started here, some context…
While normally our Midseason Prospect Rankings come out shortly after the World Junior Championships, we held off in anticipation of any deals the Kings may make prior to the NHL Trade Deadline. With that completed, we’re now moving ahead.
For more than 10 years now, this series of […]

LA Kings Prospect Tracker – Week Ending February 17, 2020

As the NHL deadline approaches, the Kings are looking to trade away some veterans. They look to beef up their already strong prospect pool, as these up-and-comers had another good week.
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Samuel Fagemo: Forward, Frölunda HC, SHL (2nd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 10 goals, 9 assists, plus-1, 6 PIM in 31 games played
A relatively uneventful […]

Kings Of the Podcast Ep. 15.1 with Jaret Anderson-Dolan

Feel free to admit it – there are few things in life better than a surprise episode. Yet, here we are, back with Kings of the Podcast Episode 15.1, just a few days after our latest release!
Here’s a very brief look at some of the topics covered this time around:
– JAD talks music, nicknames, […]

Kopitar Out, Can Watch His Son Against Arizona

Per recent tradition, it will be the Kings and Coyotes in a pair of split-squad games to open up preseason on Tuesday night.
LA captain Anze Kopitar will not suit up, but he will get a chance to watch his son play.
Allow us to explain…
“Last season when [Jaret Anderson-Dolan] made the team out of camp and […]

Rookie Camp MVP Blake Lizotte – “I bring my work boots every day”

When the Kings brought top draft picks Tobias Bjornfot, Arthur Kaliyev, Rasmus Kupari, and Akil Thomas to Rookie Camp this year, it was a safe bet to assume one of them would be the standout star for the club at this year’s NHL Rookie Faceoff. Not so fast, though. It was college free agent Blake […]