World Juniors 2011 – What You Need To Know

If you’re like most hockey fans south of Canada, you probably don’t pay too much attention to future NHL prospects. Junior hockey isn’t a big deal in the States and big time college hockey is limited to a handful of markets. So, it’s understandable.
However, if you were going to make an exception to your normal […]

Future Fridays – Interview with Matt Nieto

Matt Nieto grew up in Long Beach, CA as a huge LA Kings fan.
So, it was a little ironic for him when his teammate (Derek Forbort) was selected by the Kings in the first round of the draft this past June.
Perhaps it’s something he’ll get to experience himself though in the not too […]

Future Fridays – Interview w/ Derek Forbort

When you’re drafting an 18-year old kid it’s a gamble, regardless of the round.
However, when he’s 6-foot-5, plays defense, has an off the charts hockey IQ, has already won a gold medal with Team USA and was recruited to a college hockey program that’s won seven national titles …well, the odds are slightly in your […]

Future Fridays – Interview with NHL prospect Nick Bjugstad

On a Saturday afternoon earlier this summer, things were lining up perfectly. Almost too perfectly.
Twenty one summers prior, Scott Bjugstad signed with the Kings after spending one season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  While he scored only five goals over the next three years in Los Angeles, it still allowed him entry into a very small club – players […]

Two Minutes in the Box with… Bobby Ryan

They say that retail is in the details. And while it might not have the same ring to it, hockey is in the numbers.
Take number nine for example, it’s one of the most famous digits in hockey. Gordie Howe wore it. So did Rocket Richard and Bobby Hull.  More recently, Mike Modano built a Hall […]

Interview with JF Berube – Team Canada report

Earlier this week we checked in with Kings prospect Kyle Clifford, getting his take on the just completed evaluation camp for Team Canada’s World Jr. team.
Today, we move to the other end of the ice. Fellow Kings prospect JF Berube steps away from the goaltending crease and shares his thoughts on the camp…plus, a few […]

Tuesday’s 10 Tidbits on Team USA’s WJC Camp

Nearly all of the best hockey players in the world make a stop at the annual World Junior Championships, held each year right after Christmas.
Both the Canadian and U.S. programs just completed their evaluation camps for this winter’s tournament. Yesterday, Kings prospect Kyle Clifford checked in with a report on what went down with […]

Future Fridays – Interview w/ Seth Ambroz

Seth Ambroz is a name you’ll want to remember.
Like the frosty winds of a Minnesota winter, his story was swirling towards a perfect storm.  Now things are starting to look more like a coulda, shoulda, woulda situation.
He was scheduled to start at the University of Minnesota in a few months, where he coulda been in […]

Future Fridays – Interview w/ Brandon Glover

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In yesterday’s Thursday Throwback article we spoke with former Kings goaltender Robb Stauber about the team’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993.
Today we go the other direction, eyeing the future.  In fact, this kid hadn’t even celebrated his first birthday back when Blueline and Hrudey were dueling it out between the pipes at […]

NHL Draft – Day One – Kings Derek Forbort Notes

I’ll have a full post-draft recap up later.  For now, here are a couple of quick notes on the Kings first round selection – Derek Forbort.
* From NHL.com – His childhood hockey idol was Wendel Clark because of the way he could score goals and fight.
* NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee added “Derek Forbort has good […]