Coaches evaluations following LA Kings Dev Camp

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Now that the Kings have wrapped up their annual Development Camp, it’s time to see what some of the coaches and players thought of the experience. We’ll start off with Nelson Emerson (player development coach) and Kim Dillabaugh (goaltending coach). Then, in the next article, we’ll hear from several participants – including 2012 draftee Tomas [...]

Kings prospect JF Berube reflects on his first pro season

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“I never wanted to blame any of my challenges this year on my injury,” said Kings goaltending prospect JF Berube when we chatted recently about his first year of professional hockey.
Originally selected by LA in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, Berube had hip surgery immediately following the end of his junior season last spring in Montreal [...]

The Hockey News gives LA Kings prospect pool a C+

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This year’s edition of Future Watch, a special publication put out annually by the folks at The Hockey News, brings a mixed bag of information regarding the LA Kings prospect pool. First off, they gave the team an overall grade of C+, which is quite a drop off from the A- rating of last year.
However, [...]

If Murray goes, list of possible replacements for LA Kings

When a tweet appears from a Hall of Fame hockey writer saying ‘Kings may be preparing to fire Terry Murray as coach,’ you click the link.
And according to a report filed with the LA Times by Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman here late last night, that may be the course of action in progress at [...]

Weal and Toffoli will be the only Kings representatives

Over the last few seasons, the LA Kings have been rated as having one of the top prospect pools among NHL teams. However, many of those players with high-end potential are starting to age out of junior hockey.
When it comes to Team Canada at the World Junior Championships (WJC), the Kings have also been [...]

High / Low with Terry Murray… on players cut from roster

Schumacher in rookie game (photo: CIKIRI)

Just before game time last night, the Kings released the names of 11 players who had been cut from their list of 60+ players in camp.
Eight of them were camp invitees and the other three were former LA draft picks – Christopher Gibson, Michael Schumacher and Jordan Weal.
Interestingly, the latter group will [...]

Rookie Camp Report: coach Murray on Nic Deslauriers

After Development Camp in July, Kings coach Terry Murray weighed in with thoughts on several of the team’s top prospects – including Brandon Kozun, Jake Muzzin and Christopher Gibson.
Yesterday I spoke with him about one of the other players recently named to our Top 10 Prospects list, defenseman Nicolas Deslauriers..
Murray – “Off the ice your [...]

Goalie Chris Gibson – camp quotes and coaches evaluation

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When the Los Angeles Kings used their first selection at the recent NHL Draft to take a goaltender – well, it caught some people off guard.
Sure, everybody’s heard the mantra ‘take the best player available.’
However, the team will most likely have five goaltenders under the age of 26 playing [...]

Coach Murray on camp performance of Muzzin, Deslauriers

Jake Muzzin, LA Kings (photo: Kasey Spatz)

Sure, nobody won a job or lost a job with the Los Angeles Kings due to their performance at this week’s development camp.
However, the annual showcase allows Kings’ coaches and management an opportunity to evaluate the on and off ice skill sets of their top prospects.
And when it comes to [...]

DevCamp 2011: Pre-camp comments from Pierre Durepos

Defenseman Pierre Durepos is no stranger to the highs and lows of a hockey life.
The 6-foot-1 blueliner posted 30 points (3g, 27a) in 68 regular season games last year in the Quebec junior league.
Originally taken 10th overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2009 QMJHL draft, he recently saw several of his [...]