Chemistry Remains A Work In Progress For LA Kings Top Line

AUDIO: Includes audio of interviews with Milan Lucic, Darryl Sutter and Anze Kopitar, who also talked about his feelings about his contract negotiations.


LA Kings left wing Milan Lucic (foreground)
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — When the Los Angeles Kings hit Staples Center ice tonight in their 2015-16 home opener against the San Jose Sharks, they’ll do so with a top forward line that isn’t quite firing on all cylinders just yet.

The line of Anze Kopitar centering Marian Gaborik on right wing and one of the new kids in town, Milan Lucic on left wing, is still working to hammer out the kinks and build the chemistry needed to be effective.

But Kopitar indicated that progress is being made.

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LA Kings D Jake Muzzin Looking To Reach New Levels In 2015-16

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On Day 4 of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2015 Training Camp, things were a bit less hectic and more focused, with their first pre-season game of the 2015-16 season on tap for tonight in Bakersfield, California against the Arizona Coyotes.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, otherwise known as the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, defenseman Jake Muzzin mused about last season and what’s ahead for him, and the team, this year.

While most of his teammates were idled after the 2014-15 National Hockey League season ended for the Kings on April 11, 2015, Muzzin headed for the Czech Republic to represent Canada in the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings 2015 Training Camp – Day 3 Interviews

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, shown here during the LA Kings’ 2015 Training Camp at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California on September 17, 2015.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Day 3 of the Los Angeles Kings 2015 Training Camp is in the books and the team is now preparing for their first pre-season contest of the 2015-16 season on Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California.

Dwight King, Brian O’Neill, Jordan Weal spoke to the media following the morning session. Christian Ehrhoff, Matt Greene and head coach Darryl Sutter did so following the afternoon scrimmage.

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LA Kings Rob Blake on Prospect Brian O’Neill: “Not Big…But He Competes At The Level Of The Big Guys”

LA Kings forward prospect Brian O’Neill (#22 in white), shown here taking a wrist shot in the slot during Game 1 of the 2015 Calder Cup Final against the Utica Comets on June 6, 2015, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Photo: Blake Gumprecht

LOS ANGELES — Last April, when Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Brian O’Neill was named as the 2014-15 recipient of the Les Cunningham Award as the American Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player, if you listened carefully enough, you may have heard people asking, “who?”

Indeed, it was not until this past season that O’Neill began to appear on the radar as a legitimate Kings prospect.

“A lot of that has to do with my age, being a late bloomer, going to college and not being drafted,” said O’Neill. “[He] was a free agent signing. But I’ve been with the Kings for awhile. A lot of the guys they draft they have [been in the minors] for three or four years before they turn pro, and they’re still on everyone’s radar. But everyone advances differently in their career. My path is a little bit unique [compared to] other kids on the team. But L.A. has done a good job of bringing kids along [slowly]. Regardless of your age, they take their time with guys, and they’ve gotten really good results.”

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LA Kings LW Prospect Michael Mersch Is Powering His Way Towards The NHL

LA Kings left wing prospect Michael Mersch (left), shown here scoring in overtime of Game 1 of the 2015 Calder Cup Final against the Utica Comets on June 6, 2015, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Photo: Blake Gumprecht

LOS ANGELES — Don’t look now, folks, but the Los Angeles Kings could have a star power forward in the making down on the farm, and it might not be who you think it is.

“He’s as good as anybody in the American [Hockey] League level, and I don’t know if there’s any better at the National Hockey League level in front of the net,” said assistant general manager Rob Blake. “He’ll stay in there, stay in the battle, and he’s got a touch [for] scoring. You saw that during the season, and it increased at the end of the season, and he was very dominant throughout the playoffs.”

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