LA Kings 2011 Rookie Camp Primer – the goaltenders

Given Dean Lombardi’s mandate to ‘build from the net out’ when he took over as GM of the Los Angeles Kings five years ago, perhaps we’re doing this in reverse order.
Earlier today we posted key news and notes on the 13 forwards and eight defensemen who will attend tomorrow’s Rookie Camp.
Let’s now head to the [...]

Robbie Czarnik, the somewhat forgotten LA Kings prospect

Czarnik at Kings DevCamp (photo by K. Spatz)

Earlier today we took a look at Kings prospect Andy Andreoff and his possible move from the OHL to the AHL this season.
You can definitely count on fellow Kings prospect, Robbie Czarnik, leaving the OHL though – he’s out of junior eligibility.
The 6-foot center was originally selected by [...]

LA Kings prospect Andy Andreoff pushing for Manchester?

Andreoff at Kings DevCamp (photo: K. Spatz)

Kings GM Dean Lombardi had a bit of a reputation for loving guys from the WHL just a few years ago. Yet, the tide has turned.
Most recently, he’s been stocking up on American-born players and more specifically, U.S. college players.
Then there’s the OHL factor. Three of the team’s prospects [...]

Original King bookened his HOF career with Fox and Toffoli

A Killer goodbye (photo by: TotalPhoto.ca)

In October 1967, Brian Kilrea scored the first goal in Los Angeles Kings history.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
Make no mistake about it though, it had nothing to do with his time in the NHL, where he played a grand total of 26 games and [...]

Mike Richards on Corey Perry and not doing stupid things

Corey Perry and Mike Richards

Now, that may not be the best title for an article, but it will all make sense in just a few minutes…
Back in December, readers of MayorsManor voted Anaheim’s Corey Perry as their least favorite NHL player, among guys still in the league.
Perry certainly didn’t do anything to quell those feelings [...]

Mike Richards talks leadership and wearing a letter in LA

Earlier today we posted comments from Kings coach Terry Murray regarding the leadership styles of Dustin Brown, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.
Now, Richards is back to weigh in with some thoughts on the whole subject…
While other guys may have the letters on their jersey, how long will it take you to establish a leadership role [...]

Kings prospect Tyler Toffoli gets Hockey Canada do-over

Tyler Toffoli (Hockey Canada)

WHL scoring champion Linden Vey had 116 points for the Medicine Hat Tigers last season, more than any other player in major-junior hockey.
Tyler Toffoli netted 57 goals for the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s last season, more than any other player in major-junior hockey.
Both players participated in Team Canada’s World Junior evaluation camp last [...]

Windsor’s Jeff Brown on the ‘other side’ of dev camp

Jeff Brown and Martin Jones (photo: C. Spatz)

For every Tyler Toffoli at the Kings recent Development camp you had a Rob Mignardi. For every Jake Muzzin there was an Alex Roach. And for every Martin Jones there was some European goalie who had everybody asking ‘How do you spell his name?’
The point being – camp rosters [...]

LA Kings prospect Linden Vey chirps Toffoli, talks Crosby

Linden Vey at Kings camp (photo: C. Ikiri)

Linden Vey was drafted by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, coming off a season in which he scored 24 goals and 48 assists for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL.
There’s nothing wrong with those numbers. They just don’t scream [...]

Kings coach Murray on Toffoli, Kozun camp performance

Prospects, prospects, prospects.
They’re something the Los Angeles Kings have a plethora of now, after decades of trading away young players and draft picks for aging veterans.
For the last few years, GM Dean Lombardi has been stockpiling prospects with the hope they would someday fill holes in his roster – either by becoming NHL players (see [...]