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 […]

UPDATE: Gabe Vilardi Headed to Ontario for Conditioning Assignment

Regardless of the season, there is almost always that one player that everybody asks about on social media and during radio interviews. The one guy who we get inundated with questions about, either regarding why he’s playing so poorly or why he’s not being properly recognized across the league for his outstanding contributions on the […]

Amadio, Luff and Stothers React After Reign Beat Texas Stars

For the only time this season, ‘Big Mike’ Mersch and the Texas Stars were in town Thursday night for an AHL matchup with the Reign. This was Mersch’s first trip back to Ontario since signing a two-way deal with the Dallas Stars organization during the summer.
For the hometown team, they were looking to turn their […]

Tucson Runs Over Reign, Ontario Loses 6th Straight

Ontario came into this $2 Bud Light Friday night looking to get off a five game skid and get their second win of the year. They welcomed the Tucson Roadrunners, who sat at second in the division before the commencement of action Friday.
Sheldon Rempal filed back into Mike Stothers’ lineup after being sent back to […]

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 […]

Preseason or Not, Etem May Have Revenge on His Mind in Arizona

For Emerson Etem, his road to possibly becoming an official member of the LA Kings will start in one of the most ironic places – Arizona.
Word is, Etem will be playing for the Kings road-unit in tonight’s split-squad series against the Coyotes, which is certainly an interesting one given the 26-year-old forward’s recent past.
Let’s reset […]

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 […]

Texas Takes it To and From Ontario: Reign Season Ends in Home Shutout

Reign players, coaches and fans had four simple words on their minds all day long Tuesday:
Win or stay home.
Since visiting the western conference final in 2016, Mike Stothers’ Reign squad had earned a playoff birth twice, but failed to win a playoff series. They looked to reverse that, stave off elimination at The Vault (CBBA) […]

FREE REPLAY: Hoven Talks LA Kings Prospects on AHL Broadcast

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Enjoy a free replay of a segment from Sunday night’s Ontario Reign playoff game, where John Hoven joined Cameron Close on the AHL broadcast to discuss where Gabe Vilardi, Paul LaDue, Matt Luff, Oscar Fantenberg, Kurtis MacDermid, Cal Peterson, and several other prospects fit into the LA Kings plans moving forward.
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LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Top 10 Prospect Rankings: Number 8

After giving readers a few days to digest the first two players ranked on our LA Kings Top 10 Prospects list, it’s now time to reveal No. 8.
For those catching up, this is article four in our multi-part series. Part I included a deep dive on a trio of players labeled as having bright […]