Los Angeles Kings – the ‘All American’ team

Final results from yesterday’s poll are now in and things basically came down to three players capturing 75% of the voting totals – Dustin Brown, Tony Granato and Jonathan Quick.

While it’s not totally surprising to see two current players do so well in the rankings, it’s a least a little interesting that a few of the other players didn’t get more recognition – especially considering their solid resumes.

In the end though, Brown and Quick tied for the top spot as the ‘Best U.S. born player to play for the LA Kings.’ Each captured 25%, Granato was a close third with 23%.

So, keeping with the theme, here’s a look at the Kings’ first team all-star group, comprised of purely American born players.

forward – Dustin Brown, Jimmy Carson and Tony Granato
defense – Jack Johnson and Mathieu Schneider
goalie – Jonathan Quick

Fortunately, on these type of lists you don’t need a back-up goaltender – because the Kings, a franchise not exactly known for being rich in goaltenders, are even more thin when you start to mine the lists for American born netminders.

You’d probably have to hand the back-up role to Jeff Zatkoff, who has yet to even play in a single NHL game. The highly regarded prospect spent last season in Manchester, where he posted 20 wins with a 2.68 goals-against-average and .911 save percentage.

Once you get past the current Kings defensive core there aren’t many blueliners with American roots either.  However, that could be changing in the years to come also, as GM Dean Lombardi and crew have added a number of talented U.S. defensemen to the organization recently – including Derek Forbort (first round 2010), Kevin Gravel (fifth round 2010), David Kolomatis (fifth round 2009) and Alec Martinez (fourth round 2007) and Patrick Mullen (free agent signing, 2009).

Forbort and Gravel are both scheduled for next week’s Development Camp in El Segundo, CA.  They’ll be two of the 11 defensemen in camp, a group that also includes six free agents.

Tomorrow I’ll post an interview with one of those invitees, defenseman Pierre Durepos of the Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Interview with JF Berube: pre-camp comments

Interview with Tyler Toffoli: pre-camp comments from OHL scoring champ

Interview with Jordan Weal:  pre-camp comments

Interview with Tony Granato – talking about his time with the Kings and Rob Blake

Interview with Derek Forbort – looking back on his freshman year and what’s ahead

Recent Articles

Summer Check-In: Five Questions with Tobias Bjornfot

Stop reading this.
No, seriously. Stop reading this right now.
Close your eyes, take a deep breath. Even do yourself a favor – take one more deep breath just for good measure.
We know the struggle is real, but hockey is almost here. It’s nearly that time again.
With the NHL Rookie Faceoff event in Irvine just a few […]

Kings 2019 Rookie Camp Roster Preview; 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 […]

TSN REPLAY: Hoven Talks Kings Fans, Lucic, Sharks, and NHL Summer News

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to discuss several NHL related topics, including: what Kings fans should be thinking heading into the 2019-20 season, Jacob Trouba exiting Winnipeg, Mike Modano gaining power in Minnesota, Todd McLellan arriving in Los Angeles, Sharks summer moves, Milan […]

Major News Items

Dev Camp: Chatting Up Turcotte, Kaliyev, Other Kings Prospects

Below are some quick highlights from conversations with various LA Kings prospects at Day 1 of the team's annual Development Camp" Alex Turcotte Selected No. 5 (RD1) of 2019 NHL Draft - scouting notes here Expected … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:
  2. The Mayor says:
  3. Anonymous says: