The Super Yooper returns to Ontario tonight

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Former Kings prospect Ray Kaunisto is back in Southern California tonight with the Colorado Eagles, and they’ll be taking on the Ontario Reign.  It’s not where he planned on playing this season, but things seem to be working out OK for the former college hockey forward.
Originally signed by Dean Lombardi as a free agent following his senior year at [...]

Kaunisto the correspondent reports from Nolan’s Cup party

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Former Kings prospect Ray Kaunisto is in transition. After playing in Manchester for the past two seasons, his contract wasn’t renewed and he’s currently in search of a team – a process he talked with us about a few weeks ago here.
For the early part of the summer he shut down his twitter account, much [...]

Kaunisto eyes twitter return, not ready for Europe though

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“I’ll be back!”
That’s not Arnold Schwarzenegger uttering his famous line, it’s actually NHL prospect Ray Kaunisto talking about his impending return to twitter.
“I’m just taking a little hiatus,” he told us during a recent phone interview from his home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan – YooperVille USA, if you will.
Never afraid to speak the truth, [...]

Ray Kaunisto: reflections on Manchester and some word association

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If you’ve been following the development of Kings prospects over the last few seasons, you’re likely already aware of several ‘big names’ – guys like Tyler Toffoli, Derek Forbort, Jake Muzzin and so on. Yet, if you keep up with MayorsManor, you’ve also been introduced to one of the more colorful characters to come along in [...]

POLL: Which player should the LA Kings call up today?

Two big things happened over the weekend. First, the Kings offense woke up and scored five goals on Saturday night – the third time they’ve hit the nickel mark this season. Then, yesterday, left wing Dustin Penner was placed on the injured reserve list for a hand injury he suffered back in Thursday [...]

Checking in with Linden Vey – talks first pro goal

Linden Vey in Manchester (photo: S. Babineau)

Earlier this summer on MayorsManor, Kings prospect Brandon Kozun spoke about the humbling experience of moving from the WHL – where he was big man on campus – to being a rookie in the AHL last year.
Now, fresh off of scoring more points than any other player in all [...]

Top prospects talk disappointment of not playing tonight

Yesterday afternoon, Los Angeles Kings coach Terry Murray announced he was going with a more veteran line-up tonight vs. the Anaheim Ducks – with Andrei Loktionov as the lone prospect included in the group of forwards.
After talking a look at prospects Brandon Kozun, Tyler Toffoli and others vs. the Phoenix Coyotes, they’ll sit out tonight’s [...]

Date Night with your Los Angeles Kings

What started as an innocent conversation with Kings prospect Jake Muzzin quickly spawned an idea for an article.
Life as an NHL prospect probably isn’t as glamorous as it may seem at times. Over the last two weeks, guys from all across North America have been housed out of a hotel in El Segundo, CA [...]

Kings’ Ray Kaunisto calls Anaheim Ducks fan ‘a lost cause’

Kaunisto during Rookie Camp (photo: CIKIRI)

It’s time for the return of the Yooper.
Ray Kaunisto, a 6-foot-4 left wing, played 57 games for Manchester last season, the Kings’ AHL affiliate. He had 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) and finished with a minus-6 rating. Not exactly numbers that will shoot him past Brandon Kozun [...]

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

Kings v Coyotes Thursday (photo: J. Weinberg)

Brandon Kozun can rest a little easier.
Fresh off his rookie season in Manchester last year, he wasn’t talking like a player in a meaningless training camp game after Wednesday’s 8-7 loss to the Coyotes – where the Kings gave up five goals in the third period.
He was visibly upset [...]