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. […]

DevCamp 2011: pre-camp comments from Kevin Gravel

For those who follow the Los Angeles Kings prospects, especially the defensemen, you’re probably familiar with names like Derek Forbort, Thomas Hickey and Viatcheslav Voynov.
Yet, start to remember the name Kevin Gravel.
The 6-foot-4 blueliner recently wrapped up his freshman season at St. Cloud State University, where he won William Radovich Award for the most […]

Wisconsin coach on LA Prospects Forbort, Gravel and Shore

Earlier this week, Wisconsin assistant coach – and former LA King grinder – Gary Shuchuk joined us to talk about the Kings fourth round selection in this year’s draft, Michael Mersch.
Shuchuk, now an assistant coach at Wisconsin (NCAA), helped oversee Mersch’s development during his just completed freshman season. Among the comments he shared was his […]

Interview with Kings college prospect, dman Derek Forbort

 Standing 6’5″ and a freshman at the University of North Dakota, Derek Forbort is still years away from seeing time on the blue line in Los Angeles.
Still, when he goes from being the Kings number one draft pick in June 2010 to the team’s highest rated defensive prospect eight months later (according to The […]

Is Matt Greene Coming to Twitter Soon?

After ‘When is Brayden Schenn going to play for the Kings again?’ and “Who’s starting in goal tomorrow night?’ – perhaps the question I get asked most often is ‘When is Matt Greene going to join twitter?’
So, I took the question to the man himself…
MM: Dustin Brown is on twitter, Dustin Penner says he’s thinking […]

…And Now You’re Caught Up – March 21, 2011

It’s been another busy week in the sports world, so you may have missed a few odds and ends out there.
Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Here are the ten Kings related (or at least hockey related) items you should definitely know about heading into the week ahead…
* Call it the junior hockey version of […]

Interview: Catching Up with Derek Forbort

A few months ago prospect Derek Forbort stopped by to talk about being drafted by the Kings (first round, 2010) and adjusting to life as a freshman at the University of North Dakota.
Fresh off of winning a bronze medal last week at the 2011 World Junior Championships, he’s back again. In the interview below we […]