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 [...]

Drew Doughty Is Odd Man Out in LA

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings each have one. So, we can’t be talking about Stanley Cups.
The Chicago Blackhawks have a pair. No, this has nothing to do with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
In San Jose, they have a trio. While the Penguins have four.
Yet in L.A., the [...]

Forbort def. Gravel via Round Two Knockout

For all the talk surrounding the importance of drafting junior hockey players, outside of Drew Doughty, every other defenseman currently on the Kings roster is a former college hockey player – Jack Johnson (Michigan), Peter Harrold and Rob Scuderi (Boston College), Davis Drewiske (Wisconsin), Willie Mitchell (Clarkson University), Alec Martinez (Miami-Ohio) and Matt Greene (North [...]

Forbort vs Gravel – Round One Results

While it isn’t uncommon for two Kings prospects to play each other in junior hockey, it doesn’t happen nearly as often at the NCAA level.
Yet, with the Kings loading up on former college hockey players right now, especially on defense – Matt Greene, Rob Scuderi, Jack Johnson, Peter Harrold, Davis Drewiske, etc. – it could [...]