Summer Check-In: Five Questions with Akil Thomas

Kings prospect Akil Thomas loves to play hockey, he doesn’t care where or when. He just wants to be on the ice, contributing to his team.
Even with his busy summer schedule drawing to a close, exactly which jersey he’s supposed to wear next is more of an ongoing question rather than one with a definitive […]

Kings 2019 Rookie Camp Roster Preview; Kempe and Vilardi Notes

If you can hear the tick-tock of a clock nearby, that’s just time moving along at the slowest possible pace. Hockey will return — eventually — even though it still seems so far away.
Things will really start to get going just after Labor Day Weekend, with Rookie Camp opening a few days later, and then […]

Kings 2019 Dev Camp Preview: Five Questions with Akil Thomas

For the three players we chose to profile in this year’s Dev Camp Preview series, we tried to be as diverse as possible. Things began with goaltender Jacob Ingham, a late round draft pick by the Kings. Then, we chatted with defenseman Sean Durzi, who was coming off of winning the OHL Championship a few […]

LA Kings 2019 Development Camp – Official Schedule and Roster

Hockey returns to Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 25.
Well, in a somewhat limited form.
After a travel day on Monday, the Kings will kick off their annual summer Development Camp with on-ice sessions beginning Tuesday. It’s roughly a week long event, allowing prospects an opportunity to train at the team’s facility in El Segundo, as […]

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 Trade Notes: Muzzin, Durzi, and Grundstrom

By now, word is out – Jake Muzzin was traded by the Los Angeles Kings to Toronto for a first round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a pair of Maple Leafs prospects. In the immediate aftermath, we shared opinions, analysis, and insight via twitter. However, in light of the fact that not […]

PHOTO GALLERY: Kings Practice at 2018 Rookie Tournament

Coming off an off-day for the six NHL teams participating in the 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff, things will wrap up today with a full slate of games:
Anaheim Ducks v Arizona Coyotes
San Jose Sharks v Colorado Avalanche
LA Kings v Vegas Golden Knights
Although there won’t be an actual tournament champion crowned, here are the current standings:
Ducks 2-0
Sharks […]

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 […]

PHOTO GALLERY: Kings v Ducks, 2018 Rookie Tournament in Las Vegas

Game 1 of the 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff – a tournament featuring top prospects and draft picks from six different NHL clubs – didn’t exactly go as planned for the Los Angeles Kings. An opening goal, scored by Jaret Anderson-Dolan, started them out on the right foot. However, after a fairly even game through about […]

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 […]