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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings, Arizona Coyotes Split Shootouts In Split-Squad Pre-Season Games

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes opened their 2014-15 pre-season schedule by splitting shootout victories in split-squad games at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona and at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Mike Richards scored two goals, Tanner Pearson scored a goal and added an assist, and Nic Dowd scored a goal for the Kings in Glendale, but that was not enough as the Coyotes got two goals from Martin Hanzal and goals from Henrik Samuelsson, and Sam Gagner, along with the shootout game-winner by Samuelsson, giving the Coyotes a 5-4 win.

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LA Kings Have A Power Forward In The Making In Michael Mersch

AUDIO AND VIDEO: Story includes a video interview with Michael Mersch and an audio interview with Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake.


LA Kings left wing prospect Michael Mersch,
shown here playing for their AHL affiliate,
the Manchester Monarchs.
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Photo: Blake Gumprecht

EL SEGUNDO, CA — For many, many years, the Los Angeles Kings were grossly deficient in the areas of drafting and developing young players. Of course, they were so bad at drafting players that their dreadful player development usually didn’t matter.

But all that has changed since President/General Manager Dean Lombardi joined the club in April 2006. He quickly made drafting and development one of the top priorities of the franchise. That focus has paid off in spades, and now, the Kings are now one of the top teams in the National Hockey League when it comes to drafting and developing their young prospects.

Evidence of that can be seen on the 2013-14 roster, which includes the likes of Drew Doughty, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Slava Voynov, among others, all of whom are homegrown players—some are late-round draft picks— who are now filling significant roles, and it doesn’t stop there.

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2013-14 Was A Solid Development Year For LA Kings Goaltender Prospect Patrik Bartosak

LA Kings goaltender prospect Patrik Bartosak
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Around this time last year, Los Angeles Kings goaltender prospect Patrik Bartosak wowed spectators with a stellar performance during the second game of the 2013 rookie tournament against the Anaheim Ducks, making several difficult saves, bailing out his teammates time and time again.

Bartosak led the rookie Kings to a 3-2 shootout win over the rookie Ducks, allowing one goal on 26 shots in two periods of work. But even though Mathias Niederberger played in the third period (a planned move), Bartosak faced the most difficult of the Ducks’ scoring chances, most of which came during a very poor first period by the Kings rookies, who were badly out-skated, outworked and out-chanced.

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LA Kings Believe The Time Is Now For Forward Prospect Andy Andreoff

LA KINGS PROSPECT WATCH: Throughout the summer, Frozen Royalty has taken a look at several of the Los Angeles Kings’ young prospects. In the final installment of this series, the focus is on 2011 third round selection left wing/center Andy Andreoff. Audio interviews with Andreoff and Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake are also included.


LA Kings center/left wing prospect Andy Andreoff.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — For 23-year old left wing/center prospect Andy Andreoff, if the Los Angeles Kings have their way, his time is now, or at least, in a few weeks.

“His contract situation has a lot to do with that, in that he would [have to clear] waivers—there would be 29 teams lined up to get ahold of him,” said Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake. “It’s a big summer for him. He was sat down, early in the summer. We explained the scenario that this is the time to push to really get on this team.”

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