Progress Reports on LA Kings Prospects, December 2013

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Prospect Game Watch – Valentin Zykov

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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 spend time tracking a player, then offer some opinions and observations based on a single game or multiple games, depending on the [...]

Info on LA Kings 2nd Round Pick: Valentin Zykov

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Kings GM Dean Lombardi had to wait over three hours to make his first pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, but he’s finally in on the fun.
As we predicted, he traded up from late in the second round to get into the top 40 overall (and the top 10 of the second round).  To do [...]

Kings officially saying goodbye to two prospects this week

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As they say, the show must go on.
So, right in the middle of the NHL playoffs – and just as the Blackhawks and Red Wings were set to face off in Game 7 – we were on the phone with Kings Vice President and Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall.
Why would we be talking prospects now [...]

VIDEO: Luc Robitaille visits his old junior hockey rink

More great footage from the guys at Kings Vision. Follow along as Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille visits his old junior hockey arena in Hull, where he was named the CHL Player of the Year back in 1985-86 after picking up 68 goals and 191 points…

Seeing Robitaille tour the facility and talk about Gatineau reminded me of an interview I [...]

Kings prospect JF Berube reflects on his first pro season

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“I never wanted to blame any of my challenges this year on my injury,” said Kings goaltending prospect JF Berube when we chatted recently about his first year of professional hockey.
Originally selected by LA in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, Berube had hip surgery immediately following the end of his junior season last spring in Montreal [...]

The Hockey News gives LA Kings prospect pool a C+

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This year’s edition of Future Watch, a special publication put out annually by the folks at The Hockey News, brings a mixed bag of information regarding the LA Kings prospect pool. First off, they gave the team an overall grade of C+, which is quite a drop off from the A- rating of last year.
However, [...]

LA Kings prospect Nick Deslauriers starting to find his way

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Nick Deslauriers (photo: Scott Slingsby)

About 400 miles down the Atlantic coast, gym-tan-laundry is all the rage. Yet, for Kings prospect Nick Deslauriers, it’s more about training, eating and shopping when he’s not at the rink.
Earlier this week, we spoke by phone and talked about his adjustment to the AHL, as well as his first professional [...]

If Murray goes, list of possible replacements for LA Kings

When a tweet appears from a Hall of Fame hockey writer saying ‘Kings may be preparing to fire Terry Murray as coach,’ you click the link.
And according to a report filed with the LA Times by Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman here late last night, that may be the course of action in progress at [...]