Kings Of the Podcast: Ep. Q17 with Christian Ruuttu, LA Kings European Scout

As if we didn’t have enough fun with Mark Yannetti on our last Kings of the Podcast, this time around Christian Ruuttu, LA’s top European Scout, drops by too share stories and talk prospects.
Topics discussed:
– How he found out he was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres
– Playing in some of the NHL’s most famous arenas
– […]

WJC Post-Mortem: Emerson Talks Fagemo, Bjornfot, and Other European Prospects

With this article, we’ll officially wrap up our 2020 World Junior Championship coverage. Over the course of two previous articles we already shared comments from Kings Director of Player of Personnel, Nelson Emerson, on the four prospects representing Canada (Akil Thomas, Aidan Dudas) and the USA (Alex Turcotte, Arthur Kaliyev). For the final installment, we’ll […]

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 […]

Kings in Top Prospects Tournament, Turcotte Can’t Play, Vilardi Note

Despite it being the dog days of summer around the hockey world, a key event was officially announced this week. For the second year in a row, the NHL Rookie Faceoff – a tournament comprised of top prospects from six NHL teams – will be contested, this time in Irvine and hosted by the Anaheim […]

LA Kings 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Top Two Players

After nearly a month-long journey through the LA Kings prospect pool, we’ve reached the end of the road. It’s time to officially reveal the top two players in this year’s Midseason Rankings – including the highly coveted No. 1 spot.
Before we get to the unveiling, though… If you’re unfamiliar with our rankings, for nearly a […]

Teemu Selanne looks ahead to his final Olympics

Pre-game quotes from Teemu Selanne following the Ducks morning skate in Anaheim, prior to their game vs. the visiting Chicago Blackhawks…
Was going to the Olympics something you always wanted to do?
“Obviously it was a big thing.  When I was a young boy and watching the Olympics it was something special and a dream for me […]