Second wave of Kings prospects joining Black Aces

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Yesterday we posted an article highlighting six players coming to Los Angeles to serve as this year’s Black Aces (a practice squad that NHL teams often use during the post-season). That initial list was comprised of forwards Colin Fraser and Linden Vey, defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk, Andrew Campbell, and Brayden McNabb, along with goalie J.F. Berube. [...]

Manchester Monarchs playoff preview, plus Mersch and Vey comments

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While the Los Angeles Kings are currently battling their Northern California nemesis, the San Jose Sharks, in an opening round playoff series, their AHL affiliate in Manchester is set to kick off a different sort of Pacific Division battle later tonight.
After winning their third Atlantic Division title in franchise history, and finishing first in the [...]

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

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Two weeks to go, time to start talking hockey again

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In just two short weeks the Kings’ top prospects will be back on the ice for Rookie Camp, kicking off the 2013-14 NHL season. While most of the players attending will eventually end up in the AHL (Manchester), ECHL (Ontario) or their respective junior clubs, there are at least a few guys expected to fight [...]

Kings’ prospect gets championship ring

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PHOTO GALLERY: LA Kings 2013 DevCamp Scrimmage

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The Kings wrapped up their 2013 Development Camp on Friday with a scrimmage at Toyota Sports Center. We had live coverage throughout the game at this link here. Click over if you want to see who scored, which prospects were on each team and our three starts of the event.
Now, how about a little visual [...]

MayorsManor goes one-on-one with Kings GM Dean Lombardi

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There’s no denying that being a General Manager in the National Hockey League is a year-round job. In addition to putting a team together for the NHL’s regular season, there’s scouting, the draft, salary cap related contract issues, trades, injury management and much more. Just this season alone, Kings GM Dean Lombardi oversaw multiple deals [...]

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

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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 [...]