Gabe Vilardi Notebook: Pro Debut Thoughts, And Not Expected in LA Until 2019

Nobody needs to overreact. Gabe Vilardi has now played one professional hockey game.
Even so, ‘encouraging’ would be a vast understatement when describing the importance of seeing a 19-year-old forward make his AHL debut on Thursday.
Originally selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft by Los Angeles, Vilardi has been one of the most […]

Kings-Flames Preview: Exploring Quick Injury, Kovalchuk Fitting In, and Adam Oates

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Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio, where he joined host Will Nault to tee up the Kings-Flames game, as well as discuss the latest updates on Jonathan Quick’s injury, Willie Desjardins as coach, Ilya Kovalchuk fitting in with the LA Kings, and Adam Oates joining the organization as a consultant. […]

TSN RADIO REPLAY: Hoven on Stevens, Desjardins, Quenneville, and Putting it All Together

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Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to do a deep dive on the LA Kings coaching situation. Was the timing of John Stevens termination a surprise? How did Willie Desjardins get the interim gig? Is Joel Quenneville a possible fit for LA? Did Ilya […]

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Hoven’s Opinion on John Stevens’ Future as :LA Kings Coach

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Enjoy a free replay of today’s segment on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jonathan Davis to break down several news items surrounding the LA Kings – the conversation included John Stevens status behind the bench, possible trades coming, Matt Luff making his NHL debut, what Dustin Brown really means to the […]

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes on LA Kings Current Challenges

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Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to talk all things LA Kings – the conversation included what’s wrong with the team and what GM Rob Blake might need to do to get things turned around… soon.
Also, if […]

Reign Recap: Notes, Lines, Quotes from 6-5 Loss to Gulls

After a tough loss to Stockton Friday night, the Reign looked to rebound against the San Diego Gulls. The Reign have been uncharacteristic in their lapses on defense through three games, giving up at least four goals in each of their first three contests. While this squad may hold more ability to put points on […]

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes Returns to Preview Pacific Division

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Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to preview the 2018-19 Pacific Division race – who makes the playoffs, who doesn’t, and why?
For what it’s worth, after the segment was over, Boomer continued to the conversation by sharing his […]

Kings Prospect Aidan Dudas, Perhaps Another Hidden Gem

Much has been made about the Kings retaining their first round draft picks in both 2017 and 2018 after going several years without one due to various trades. And while GM Rob Blake has been given ample credit for placing a heavy emphasis on re-stocking a thinning prospect pool, let’s not forget one other item. […]

Mike Futa on LA Kings Prospects and 2018 Rookie Tournament

We have notes, quotes, and photos from the Kings first two games of the 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff tournament already posted on the site – see here.
Now we turn our attention to a chat we had with Kings Assistant GM Mike Futa following the opening two days of action. With the Kings dropping both of […]

Anderson-Dolan and Eyssimont, Communication Over Chemistry

You just never know when two hockey players will fit well together on a line.
“Sometimes you just click with a guy – even when it’s just one game, you can feel it,” Jaret Anderson-Dolan said, when asked about playing with fellow LA Kings prospect Mikey Eyssimont in Game 1 of the 2018 Rookie Tournament. “Any […]