AHL: Monarchs shut out as three LA prospects make pro debut

Heading into Friday’s game, the Manchester Monarchs had only seven regular season games remaining before their pursuit of the Calder Cup really begins. Having already locked up a spot in the postseason, these last few games will likely serve as a tuneup to fix any deficiencies and be at the top of their game for [...]

Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio: Kings, Sharks, Muzzin, Martinez, Dowd

On this week’s edition of Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio with Boomer Gordon we looked ahead to the likely playoff match-up between the Kings and Sharks. Plus we talked about the play of Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez emerging from the dog house, Anze Kopitar getting Selke Trophy consideration, the addition of Marian Gaborik, Jonathan Quick, [...]

Four Kings prospects set to square off on TV

It isn’t often you can watch four LA Kings prospects play on TV, but tonight is one of the rare exceptions. Better yet, you’ll be able to see two of the Kings top 10 prospects – one on defense and one at forward.
CBS Sports Network (DirecTV 221, Dish 152) is the place to be tonight [...]

LA Kings 2014 mid-season prospect rankings – the countdown begins

As the NHL trade season heats up, it’s always a good time to check in on the Kings top prospects. Which players are moving up our rankings, and how are the overall skills developing at various positions throughout the organization? Those are certainly important questions to answer as general managers like Dean Lombardi evaluate their [...]

Progress Reports on LA Kings Prospects, December 2013

The following article is part of a continuing series this season, where MayorsManor correspondent David Hofreiter provides commentary on prospects playing in the Canadian-based major junior leagues and US-based college hockey programs. He’ll usually spend time tracking a player, then offer some opinions and observations based on a single game or multiple games, depending on [...]

LA Kings Prospects – early season progress reports

The following article is part of a continuing series this season, where MayorsManor correspondent David Hofreiter provides commentary on prospects playing in the Canadian-based major junior leagues and US-based college hockey programs. He’ll usually spend time tracking a player, then offer some opinions and observations based on a single game or multiple games, depending on [...]

Peer Evaluations – Kings college prospects talk about each other

Using a slight twist on our popular Word Association articles, where we have NHL players talk about their opponents, here we asked some of the Kings prospects who play college hockey to evaluate their peers.
Involved in the conversations were:
Jonny Brodzinski – forward, St. Cloud State University – fifth round pick in 2013
Nic Dowd – center, [...]

2013 DevCamp Preview: Seven questions with Jonny Brodzinski

When you score 22 goals as a freshman, fifth best in the country, it’s hard not to get noticed. NHL scouts tend to sit up and take notice. So, St. Cloud State’s Jonny Brodzinski had a good feeling heading into this year’s NHL Draft.  However, being selected by the Kings in the fifth round was [...]

2013 DevCamp Preview: Seven questions with Nic Dowd

When the St. Cloud State Huskies made their first-ever appearance at the NCAA’s Frozen Four in April, they did it with two of Dean Lombardi’s recent draft picks – forward Nic Dowd (2009) and defenseman Kevin Gravel (2010).  Little did anybody know at the time though, the Kings would later select Dowd’s linemate, freshman Jonny Brodzinski, at last month’s NHL Draft.
All three [...]

EXCLUSIVE: Lombardi confirms interest in signing Kings’ top college prospects

While the Kings were seemingly represented by dozens of prospects in junior hockey over the past few seasons, this year saw a bit of change – as most of LA’s key amateur players were on the rosters of U.S. college teams.
However, the shifting tide isn’t that surprising because Los Angeles has had a greater than average number of former NCAA players on their [...]