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 [...]

Prospect Game Watch – Nikolai Prokhorkin

Timing is everything in life, even in the game of hockey.
Last Tuesday, Kings’ prospect Nikolai Prokhorkin celebrated his 20th birthday in grand style by posting a four point night in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) - racking up three goals and one assist.
MayorsManor correspondent David Hofreiter, who will be providing commentary on various prospects throughout the upcoming season, [...]

Prospect Nikolay Prokhorkin headed back to Russia – or is he?

“Just when they think they have the answers, I change the questions!” – Roddy Piper, circa 1985.
Whoever writes those great Russian spy novels needs to start documenting the ongoing case of Nikolay Prokhorkin. Selected by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, his story is one of intrigue, mystery, disagreements, confusion [...]

EXCLUSIVE: Dustin Brown talks KHL contract offer, Doughty and Penner

As promised, here’s the interview we recorded last night with Kings captain Dustin Brown – just before he headed to the mound and threw out the fist pitch at Dodger Stadium.
We covered a wide variety of topics, starting with his recent trip to New York and a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. As you’ll hear [...]

Kings sign another top prospect to ELC – wait, did they?

If you read a scouting report on a young player that included comments like – high character individual, tough in the corners, strong physical presence, can play wing or forward – you’d probably be thinking, ‘Sounds just like the type of player Dean Lombardi would draft.’
If you then found out the kid was Russian, you [...]

Super Series Report – Interview w/ Maxim Kitsyn

When it comes to prospects, people like to talk about the ‘buzz’ factor. Some guys have it, others just can’t seem to catch it.
Right now, the name Maxim Kitsyn is being spoken by nearly everybody who follows Canadian junior hockey.
Drafted by the LA Kings this past June, he’s generally referred to as power forward – a phrase that isn’t commonly used [...]