LA Kings 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings: Nos. 5 and 6

Buckle up, we’re moving into the Top 5.
As we move through the 2019 edition of the LA Kings Prospect Rankings, it’s always helpful to quickly update anybody stopping by for the first time. If you’re unfamiliar with our rankings, for nearly a decade this content has become a vital source of player information. Nobody outside […]

LA Kings 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings: No. 7

Over the past two weeks, we’ve given you updates on nearly 20 of the Kings prospects, first moving through the list of Honorable Mentions – which included Mikey Eyssimont, Nikolai Prokhorkin, and Johan Sodergran — before we moved into the Top 10 (featuring Daniel Brickely, Markus Phillips, and Akil Thomas here).
As we get […]

LA Kings 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings: Nos. 8 and 9

With the train loaded and already moving down the tracks, we better get on with releasing our next set of prospect notes. Over the past two weeks, we’ve already published info on more than a dozen Honorable Mentions – including Aiden Dudas, Mikey Eyssimont, Cole Hults, Nikolai Prokhorkin, and Bulat Shafigullin – here. Then, our […]

LA Kings 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings: Starting at No. 10

Things they are a-changin’ in Los Angeles, and our 2019 Midseason Rankings are a perfect reflection of the current environment.
Much of what will unfold in the slotting of players requires a deep explanation and understanding. From a 30,000 ft. level, there are two primary factors that go into our rankings – asset value and NHL […]

LA Kings 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings: Honorable Mentions

Last year, along with our Honorable Mentions in the 2018 Midseason Rankings, we also passed along scouting reports on a handful of players who were in precarious positions. Each of them, for somewhat unique reasons, were in a sort of now-or-never position. That article, titled ‘Wildcards and Closing Windows’ took a look at guys like […]

How Seattle Expansion Draft Plays into Upcoming Kings Trades

As the dust settles on the Kings big trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, some fans have suggested they would have liked the trade better if GM Rob Blake acquired some more NHL ready / proven players. Let’s address this in two ways.
First, go back to early December, when we laid out the expected return […]

LA Kings 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Preamble

After what can easily be described as the most successful decade in franchise history, the Los Angeles Kings organization now stands at the ultimate crossroads. Do they hold on to popular players who were part of the Stanley Cup winning era, which would likely lead to further diminishing returns and perennial bottom-feeder status in the […]

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. […]

Akil Thomas: Moving From Kings Fan to Kings Prospect

“After they won those two Cups, I became a Kings fan,” Akil Thomas told us recently.
Selected in the second round of this year’s NHL Entry Draft, Thomas is among a group of prospects arriving in Los Angeles for Rookie Camp this week, all sharing at least one thing in common – they grew up only […]

PHOTO GALLERY: LA Kings 2018 Draft Picks at Dev Camp

As the annual tradition goes, dozens of the Kings top prospects descended upon SoCal last week for an up close look at the team’s training facility, as well some hands on tutoring and evaluation with their extended coaching staff. It’s all part of Development Camp, which sets the tone for summer workouts and early expectations […]