WJC Post-Mortem: Nelson Emerson Talks Thomas, Dudas

Yesterday, we published part one of our chat with Nelson Emerson, who serves as the LA Kings Director of Player Personnel. He was part of a management contingent who went over to the Czech Republic for this year’s World Junior Championship – where nine of the organization’s prospects were competing.
WJC Post-Mortem: Nelson Emerson Talks Turcotte, […]

LA Kings Weekly Prospect Tracker, Plus Three Stars of December 2019

A little less than half of the nine LA Kings prospects picked up medals at the just concluded World Junior Championship in Europe. While this annual tournament typically favors 19 year-old players, several of the top 2020 NHL Draft hopefuls participated – and excelled. We’ll be featuring a select group from that bunch in some […]

LA Kings Prospect Tracker – Week Ending January 2, 2020

That traditional holiday carol, with a chant of, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” was indeed correct. The World Junior Championship is in full swing. 
Hosted by Czech Republic this year, the annual tournament for some of the world’s best and brightest up-and-comers is not short on talent. After a preliminary stage that saw […]

Kings Of the Podcast Ep. 16.4 – WJC Preview with Stephen Nelson

With four episodes already in the books this week, it’s time to complete your Kings of the Podcast box set with the fifth (and final) edition from this run. On this episode, we’re joined by Stephen Nelson of NHL Network. He’s the voice of the World Junior Championships and will provide play-by-play for all of […]

LA Kings Prospect Tracker – Week Ending December 23, 2019

As noted in last week’s tracker, nine Kings prospects were invited to their respective WJC camps, and all of them made the final rosters. With the pre-tournament games now completed, all eyes turn to opening day of the biggest U-20 tournament in the world, with things set to begin the day after Christmas.
Additionally, several other […]

LA Kings Prospect Tracker – Week Ending December 16, 2019

We’ve entered that part of the season where the prospect landscape changes a bit. For starers, there is less on ice action for certain teams around the holiday break, especially for college players. Meanwhile, others have left their actual teams and headed to various camps for their home countries, as preparations are well underway for […]

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 […]

LA Kings 2018 Midseason Top 10 Prospect Rankings: The Top Two

It all comes down to this.
After an extensive journey through the LA Kings current prospect pool, we’ve finally arrived at the top two players in the rankings – including this year’s highly coveted No. 1 spot.
Before we get to the unveiling, though… If you’re unfamiliar with our rankings, for nearly a decade this content […]

LA Kings Select Gabe Vilardi with No. 11 Pick in 2017 NHL Draft

With the No. 11 selection in the opening round of this year’s NHL Draft, the LA Kings selected forward Gabe Vilardi from the 2017 Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires, where former Kings forward Warren Rychel is a part-owner of the OHL franchise.
Vilardi is 17-years-old at the moment (with an August birthday), tying him with Adrian […]

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Players No. 4 and 5

With an in-depth scouting report on two more players below, we continue our countdown of the LA Kings Top 10 Prospects. Having already posted an Honorable Mentions article, as well as last week’s look at the five players sitting No. 6 through 10 on our list, we’re now approaching some rarified air.
As a reminder, these […]