Training Camp Preview: Five Questions with Cal Petersen

Fresh off of signing a three-year contract extension this summer, the cat is sort of out of the bag at this point – Cal Petersen is the LA Kings goaltender of the future. This doesn’t come as any major revelation to longtime readers here, as we’ve been making similar comments since he first signed with […]

Rookie Camp MVP Blake Lizotte – “I bring my work boots every day”

When the Kings brought top draft picks Tobias Bjornfot, Arthur Kaliyev, Rasmus Kupari, and Akil Thomas to Rookie Camp this year, it was a safe bet to assume one of them would be the standout star for the club at this year’s NHL Rookie Faceoff. Not so fast, though. It was college free agent Blake […]

Rookie Faceoff: Notes, Quotes, and Pics from Kings-Sharks

Fast starts had become the calling card of the LA Kings prospects over the first two games of the NHL Rookie Faceoff. That wasn’t the case, though, in their third and final contest of the tournament – where they went down big early, before ultimately losing 7-3 to the Sharks.
There weren’t very many lineup changes […]

PHOTO GALLERY: Kings v Avs, 2019 Rookie Tournament

We have a full recap — with notes and quotes — from each game played by the Kings at the 2019 NHL Rookie Faceoff up here:
Game 1 – Kings vs. Ducks
Game 2 – Kings vs. Avalanche
Thanks to MM photog Mike Zitek we also have a gallery with over 50 photos from the Kings-Avs game. These […]

Rookie Faceoff: Notes, Quotes, and Pics from Kings-Avs

A win is a win. And that’s exactly what the Kings walked away with on Sunday night, downing the Colorado Avalanche 6-1, even though it’s more of a symbolic victory than anything else.
“It’s good to get a win, now we’re no longer 0-for-the tournament,” coach Mike Stothers quipped after the game. “It took us two […]

Kings Of the Podcast Ep. 2 – NHL Contracts, Prospects, Rookie Tournament

We’re back!
Kings of the Podcast, Episode 2 covers a plethora of topics, including…
– When is the Rookie Tournament coming to LA?
– Carter in Ontario?!
– The Briefcase, Part 2
– Darryl Sutter texts!
– More on Clifford & Carter
– Answers on the rules / Clague
– Notes on Thomas and Kaliyev
– D-1 college hockey in SoCal
– Pronunciations and hashtags
– […]

Rookie Faceoff: Notes, Quotes, and Pics from Kings-Ducks

Given the level of experience on both sides of the puck, 60 minutes of hockey produced the likely outcome in this season’s first Kings-Ducks matchup – with Anaheim skating to a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles in the nightcap of Day 1 at the NHL Rookie Faceoff.
All four of the host team’s goals came […]

Summer Check-In: Five Questions with Akil Thomas

Kings prospect Akil Thomas loves to play hockey, he doesn’t care where or when. He just wants to be on the ice, contributing to his team.
Even with his busy summer schedule drawing to a close, exactly which jersey he’s supposed to wear next is more of an ongoing question rather than one with a definitive […]

UPDATED: Kings 2019 Rookie Camp Roster; Kempe and Vilardi Notes

If you can hear the tick-tock of a clock nearby, that’s just time moving along at the slowest possible pace. Hockey will return — eventually — even though it still seems so far away.
Things will really start to get going just after Labor Day Weekend, with Rookie Camp opening a few days later, and then […]

Kings in Top Prospects Tournament, Turcotte Can’t Play, Vilardi Note

Despite it being the dog days of summer around the hockey world, a key event was officially announced this week. For the second year in a row, the NHL Rookie Faceoff – a tournament comprised of top prospects from six NHL teams – will be contested, this time in Irvine and hosted by the Anaheim […]