With the 2017 NHL draft now complete, attention now turns to the other annual summer tradition, Development Camp. Dozens of the Kings top prospects are descending upon Los Angeles this week, with on-ice activity expected to begin on Tuesday at the team’s training facility in El Segundo. Per the norm, a scrimmage has also been scheduled for 10am Friday morning and is open to the public.
In years past, most prospects aged out of Development Camp after around three years pro, so the status of some ‘older’ prospects may be in question. Below is a list of some of the top names expected to attend (with a link to the full roster provided once it becomes available):
#40 – Jaret Anderson-Dolan – second round (41st overall) in 2017 – Spokane Chiefs, WHL
#67 – Easton Brodzinski – camp invitee – USHL (brother of Jonny Brodzinski)
#44 – Mikey Eyssimont – fifth round (142nd overall) in 2016 – St. Cloud State
#68 – Daniel Fischbuch – camp invitee – Eisbären Berlin (AEG owned team in Germany)
#78 – Alex Iafallo – free agent signing – Minnesota-Duluth, NCAA
#55 – Bokondji Imama – acquired from Tampa Bay Lighting, May 2017
#84 – Keegan Iverson – camp invitee – on AHL contract
#64 – Matt Luff – free agent signing – Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL
#54 – Phil Maillet – camp invitee – on AHL contract
#51 – Drake Rymsha – fourth round (138th overall) in 2017 – Sarnia Sting, OHL
#42 – Gabriel Vilardi – first round (11th overall) in 2017 – Windsor Spitfires, OHL
#63 – Evan Weinger – camp invitee – Portland Winterhawks, WHL
#79 – Michael Anderson – 2017 fourth round (103rd overall) – Waterloo Black Hawks, USHL (committed to Minnesota-Duluth, NCAA)
#49 – Simon Benoit – non-drafted, camp invitee – Shawinigan Cataractes, QMJHL (6-foot-3, 18 yr old, LHD)
#34 – Kale Clague – second round (51st overall) in 2016 – Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL
#48 – Oscar Fantenberg – free agent signing – HK Sochi, KHL (born/raised in Sweden)
#36 – Jacob Friend – seventh round (202nd overall) in 2016 – Owen Sound Attack, OHL
#62 – Cole Hults – fifth round (134th overall) in 2017 – Madison Capitols, USHL (committed to Penn State next season)
#80 – Brady Keeper – camp invitee – MJHL
#58 – Markus Phillips – fourth round (118th overall) in 2017 – Owen Sound Attack, OHL
#74 – Peter Tischke – camp invitee – Wisconsin, NCAA (played for Tony Granato last season)
#61 – Sean Walker – camp invitee – on AHL contract
#87 – Zach Whitecloud – camp invitee – Bemidji State, NCAA
#59 – Kai Wissmann – camp invitee – Eisbären Berlin (AEG owned team in Germany)
Other LA Kings Dev Camp invitees: Jack Achan (20yr old LHD, St Cloud State/USA at WJC) & Clayton Kirichenko (21yr old RHD, WHL Medicine Hat)
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#85 – Mike Bitzer – non drafted, camp invitee – Bemidji State University, NCAA
#33 – Jeremy Brodeur – non drafted, camp invitee – Oshawa Generals, OHL (son of Martin Brodeur)
#65 – Kris Joyce – non drafted, camp invitee – University of Windsor
#75 – Matt Villalta – third round (72nd overall) in 2017 – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL
OTHER NOTES / UPDATES:
* MayorsManor has confirmed, Alexander Dergachyov (2015 selection out of Russia) will not be coming to California for Dev Camp.
* Jacob Moverare (2016 draftee out of Sweden who played in the OHL last season) will do some workouts at TSC, although he is not officially taking part in Dev Camp.
* Defenseman Damir Sharipzyanov, who signed a three-year Entry Level Contract with the Kings after attending Dev Camp in 2015, has gone back to Russia. After playing 38 games with AHL Ontario last season, he has all but cut ties with the organization.
* To see our most recent rankings of the Kings’ Top-10 Prospects, click here. This camp will serve as part of the evaluation process for the next edition of the rankings, which should publish right before Rookie Camp opens in September.
* As for the Dev Camp schedule, there are usually separate groups for the forwards, defensemen and goalies running from about 8:00-11:30am daily. Then, a full session with all prospects has typically followed later in the afternoon, around 3:00pm. However, this year, it appears there will be an “all skate” at 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. As more information becomes available, we will update this article.
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