LA Kings 2015-16 Early Season Prospect Rankings: No. 9 and 10

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Earlier this week, we kicked off our multi-part series looking at the updated LA Kings Top 10 Prospects list. Already served up were five honorable mentions – including a bevy of defenseman, like Erik Cernak, the team’s top pick at the 2015 NHL Draft. Now, we’ll offer some insight into the players who secured spots […]

Paul LaDue Explains Passing on Kings, Returning to School‏

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One is staying, one is leaving. That’s the big news around North Dakota over the past few days. Following on the heels of MayorsManor breaking the story that defenseman Paul LaDue would be returning to school for his junior season, word came down Monday morning that head coach Dave Hakstol was leaving the university to […]

Blake on Trip to North Dakota, Waiting on LaDue’s Decision

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Now that it has been a full week since Paul LaDue and the University of North Dakota were defeated by Boston University at the Frozen Four, here is an update on where things stand with one of the Kings top defensive prospects…
Assistant GM Rob Blake – along with Nelson Emerson (Director of Player Development), Mike […]

LA Kings 2014-15 Preseason Prospect Rankings: No. 6-10

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With the Manchester Monarchs season schedule about to get underway tomorrow, now is a great time to continue our bi-annual look at the Kings top prospects. Last week, we rolled out detailed write-ups on the seven prospects sitting just outside the Top 10 – Patrik Bartosak, J.F. Berube, Nick Ebert, Kevin Gravel, Zac Leslie, Roland […]

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 […]

10 Tidbits on Matt Frattin, new LA Kings forward

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Jonathan Bernier is now a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and in return the Kings received ‘three assets’ – as Dean Lombardi would say – a second round pick in the 2014 or 15 draft, goaltender Ben Scrivens and forward Matt Frattin.
If you’ve been keeping up with your reading on MayorsManor, you already know […]

Shedding some light on Matt Greene’s little known nickname

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Defenseman Matt Greene is many things.
On the ice he’s a warrior. In the Kings’ locker room he’s a leader. Away from the rink he can be a bit sarcastic.
He can also be witty, funny…and even boring, by his own admission.
And he’s a bit secretive too.
We’ve had hundreds of conversations with him over the last few years, both […]

College hockey playoffs underway – Kings prospects on TV

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It’s time for March Madness of a different sort – this one is on ice!
Five Kings’ prospects will be participating in this year’s NCAA post-season hockey tournament. For those not familiar with the finer points, it works similar to the college basketball format – all games are ‘one and done,’ with the winner advancing and […]

LA Kings prospects on TV tonight, plus other notes

It’s Friday, so it’s time for some college hockey. Three Kings’ prospects will be featured on TV tonight…
– First up, Derek Forbort and the University of North Dakota will be at Minnesota-Duluth (ranked third in the nation). That game can be seen on CBS College Sports at 5 pm PST (DirecTV 614). Forbort, who was […]

Kings prospect Kevin Gravel emerging from the shadows

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When you’re taken in the fifth round of the NHL Draft, not many hockey fans know you’re name. Even the most diehard puckheads have only a cursory knowledge of guys selected outside of the first – maybe second – round. For every Brayden Schenn, there’s at least a dozen more like […]