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

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

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

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

Kevin Gravel (photo: B Hemmelgarn)

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 [...]

Big week for five of the LA Kings college prospects

As noted several times here on MayorsManor over the last few seasons, there has been a slow migration around the NHL away from relying so heavily on Canadian junior prospects. Conversely, we’ve seen a substantial increase in American-born players being taken in the first and second rounds of the NHL Draft.
The Kings are right [...]

LA prospect Michael Mersch on Wisconsin’s big weekend

Mersch celebrates his first goal of the season

LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi had a plan five years ago and it was simple. Stock the team’s farm system with goalies first, then defenseman and eventually get to the forwards.
And over the last few drafts he’s picked up quite a few potential power forwards, including Michael [...]

LA Kings prospects on TV later this afternoon

Shore and Forbort at Kings camp (photo: C. Ikiri)

There’s no denying the growing impact of U.S. college hockey on the NHL.
And the LA Kings have been ahead of the curve in recent years, with a plethora of former student athletes on their roster.
Heck, on defense Drew Doughty is the odd man out, as everybody else went [...]

Brett Hextall ready to play his first game at Staples Center

Brett Hextall vs. the Kings (photo: CIKIRI)

During the Kings and Coyotes two-game Rookie Camp tournament last week, Brandon Kozun made the biggest impression on the management group and fans in Los Angeles.
Over on the other side, it was pretty hard not to notice Phoenix center Brett Hextall.
Sure, he’s the son of Kings executive Ron Hextall. [...]