LA Kings prospect Linden Vey chirps Toffoli, talks Crosby

Linden Vey at Kings camp (photo: C. Ikiri)

Linden Vey was drafted by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, coming off a season in which he scored 24 goals and 48 assists for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL.
There’s nothing wrong with those numbers. They just don’t scream […]

Flyers Ian Laperriere on Mike Richards vs. Chris Pronger

Certain things in hockey are just the way they are.
For example, if Bob McKenzie says it’s true, it pretty much is.
If Marcel Dionne shares what a player needs to do to become a more prolific scorer – and Marcel will tell you more than that! – it must be fact.
And if Ian Laperriere gives you […]

Tyler Toffoli – Team Canada’s only Kings prospect?

The times they are a-changin’. Or are they?
For the last few years, the Kings have had more prospects invited to Team Canada’s World Junior evaluation camps than just about any other NHL club. Last year alone, they had Brayden Schenn, Linden Vey, JF Berube, Kyle Clifford and several others on the list.
The Kings […]

LA Kings Prospect Report – notes on Forbort, Gravel

The Kings top pick from last summer’s draft, defenseman Derek Forbort, has been invited to this summer’s Team USA evaluation camp.
The sessions, held each August by Canada, the U.S. and other countries are the first step to assembling rosters for next winter’s World Junior Championship – which will be played in Western Canada, starting the […]

Jack and USA done, Bernier ready for Ovechkin tomorrow

Johnson and Jagr at IIHF quarterfinalsPhoto by Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF

Out of the sixteen countries to play in the main pool at last year’s IIHF World Championships the United States finished 13th – ahead of only France, Italy and Kazakhstan.
They’ll finish five slots higher this year, but there isn’t much to celebrate. After advancing to the elite-8, they […]

Forget Quick… It’s the return of Bernier vs Ersberg!

You read that right.
It’s just not for a spot on the Kings. Instead, they’ll square off at the IIHF World Championships in Slovakia.
With Canada looking to lock down the top spot in their pool on Monday, coach Ken Hitchcock has announced he’ll start Jonathan Bernier in goal for their final game of the qualification round.
Bernier […]

Bernier and Canada nearly give it all away vs. Norway

Photo by Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF

If results are the only thing that matters, Team Canada is doing just fine.
However, coach Ken Hitchcock has to at least be a little concerned with the overall play of his team right now at the IIHF World Championship.
Yesterday they trailed 2-1 after two periods to the U.S. Sure, they came back […]

USA vs. Canada – Here We Go Again

USA versus Canada.
It’s become one of hockey’s greatest rivalries.
And while it won’t have the same meaning of last year’s Winter Olympics, the two countries will square off once again today in the Qualification Round at the IIHF World Championships.
Jack Johnson is part of the defensive group for the U.S., who went 2-1 in the preliminary […]

Bernier to play for Team Canada, no word on Doughty

Team Canada added four more players to their roster for for the World Championships, including goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
The tournament begins today in Slovakia.
He’ll join fellow goalies Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto’s James Reimer (who was already named the starter for game one). None of the trio have been promised the number one role and […]

Dustin Brown says ‘It’s on the players that are playing’

Last season didn’t end the way the Los Angeles Kings had wanted or envisioned.
Returning to the post season for the first time in eight years – with a new General Manager, new coach and entirely new roster – they faced off with the Vancouver Canucks, a team they last saw in the playoffs following the […]