Loktionov talks Hextall, Kozun and other Kings prospects

Loktionov preseason goal (photo: M. Zampelli)

The Russians are coming. It’s the story that’s dominated the Kings headlines in most places the last few days.
Slava Voynov and Andrei Loktionov, both drafted by the Kings in the 2008 NHL Draft, were recalled from Manchester (AHL) in separate transactions about 24 hours apart.
Following practice yesterday, we spoke [...]

Ducks at Kings Freeway Faceoff – pregame primer

Tonight will be game number 103 between the Kings and Ducks.
Last year, Anaheim took the season series four games to two.
Through 17 games played by each team, the scales are titled towards the Kings – they have more wins (8 to 6), points (19 to 15), have scored more goals per game (2.41 to a [...]

Slava Voynov… The LA Kings Savior?

Slava Voynov in LA (photo: C. Ikiri)

With Slava Voynov and Andrei Loktionov back in town this week, it was time to brush up on my Russian translation skills.
I called up old friend Alexander Frolov first, but his number had been changed. When I dialed up Vitali Yachmenev next, he just wanted to talk about playing [...]

Murray not impressed with Loktionov so far, chance is now

Loktionov in preseason (photo: M. Zampelli)

Along with his comments about Slava Voynov and the new defensive pairings (posted in earlier articles last hour), Kings coach Terry Murray had plenty to say about the ‘other’ Russian who’s now in town, forward Andrei Loktionov.
For the second day in a row, Murray had the 2008 NHL draft pick [...]

The Russians are invading LA – are you prepared?

The Kings will have have a new injection of Eastern European blood when they take the ice on Wednesday night against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.
Two of LA’s top prospects were recalled today – forward Andrei Loktionov and defenseman Slava Voynov. Both were born in Russia and drafted by the Kings in the 2008 NHL [...]

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 [...]

Los Angeles Kings Prospect Report – October 24, 2011

It wasn’t a good week for the slew of goaltending prospects throughout the Kings organization.
First off, in LA, Jonathan Quick kept Jonathan Bernier from getting any playing time – especially after posting three straight shutouts.
In the AHL, things went south for the Kings’ top two prospects in Manchester. After giving up a total of [...]

Los Angeles Kings Prospect Report – October 17, 2011

This weekend looked to be a rough one for the Manchester Monarchs – the Kings top farm team. Their schedule saw them playing three road games, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Fortunately, they came out of it with a 2-1 record and scored a total of 15 goals. Martin Jones was in net for the [...]

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) [...]

POLL: What should the LA Kings do with Scott Parse?

Last night in Colorado, Kings forward Scott Parse recorded his first point of the pre-season.
However, just a few days ago, coach Terry Murray said he wasn’t necessarily looking for goals or assists out of the 27-year old winger right now. Instead, he wanted to see his feet moving – something Murray claimed has been [...]