Four LA Kings prospects make preliminary WJC rosters

Later this week we’ll have a full prospect report posted, including a look at what’s going on out east with the Manchester Monarchs.
For now, here’s the big news of the day…
Team Finland and the USA have submitted their preliminary rosters for the upcoming World Junior Championships (Canada’s was released last week).
This [...]

Los Angeles Kings Prospect Report – October 10, 2011

When training camp began back in early September, we ranked the top ten prospects in the Los Angeles Kings organization…and it’s that list that we’re using today as the template for the first Prospect Report of the new season.
- Goalie Martin Jones:  While many expect him to battle Jeff Zatkoff for playing time in Manchester (AHL) [...]

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 [...]

POLL: Most impressive LA King in Rookie Camp game one?

This poll is going to be a quick one, as voting will end at 1:30 pm PST today.
If you were at the Rookie Game last night versus Phoenix or watched the game online (right here on MayorsManor!)…who were you most impressed with?
Stats don’t always tell the full story of a player’s contribution on the ice. [...]

LA vs PHX – Wednesday’s post-game notes and quotes

Goalie Chirstopher Gibson (photo by: Cikiri)

Rookie game tournament or not, the Kings brass can’t be pleased with what they saw on Wednesday night – especially in the third period.
Leading 6-3 after 40 minutes, the Kings came from ahead to lose the game 8-7 after a disastrous final period – where goalie Christopher Gibson gave up [...]

LA Kings 2011 Rookie Camp Primer – the goaltenders

Given Dean Lombardi’s mandate to ‘build from the net out’ when he took over as GM of the Los Angeles Kings five years ago, perhaps we’re doing this in reverse order.
Earlier today we posted key news and notes on the 13 forwards and eight defensemen who will attend tomorrow’s Rookie Camp.
Let’s now head to the [...]

LA Kings 2011 Rookie Camp – full roster and schedule

The Los Angeles Kings have announced the official roster and schedule for this year’s Rookie Camp, which is set to begin on Saturday at their training facility in El Segundo, CA.
Camp itself will consist of four-days of on-ice activities and then culminate in the fourth annual Rookie Tournament vs. the Phoenix Coyotes.
SCHEDULE
Sat, September 10: [...]

Goalie Chris Gibson – camp quotes and coaches evaluation

Vey shoots on Gibson at camp (photo: C. Ikiri)

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 [...]

Kings Dev Camp: Detailed Black v White scrimmage notes

Throughout the day today at Kings Development Camp I tweeted various notes from the scrimmage and quotes from several players.
For those who like a little more detail, below is a semi-thorough recap. Special thanks and a major stick tap to Scott Coffman of The Fourth Period for the assist here:
First Period Highlights
Team Black started [...]

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 [...]