LA Kings D Prospect Nick Ebert Hopes To Solidify Spot With Ontario Reign

LA Kings defenseman prospect Nick Ebert
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Ontario Reign’s inaugural training camp now underway, as they look ahead, there has been little talk about what their players achieved last season, when, as the Manchester Monarchs, they won the 2015 Calder Cup Championship.

Indeed, the focus has, as it has usually been, on developing young players for playing in the National Hockey League for their parent club, the Los Angeles Kings, and that was no different for Reign defenseman Nick Ebert, who was selected by the Kings in the seventh round (211th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Last season, his first at the professional level, was a bit of a mixed bag, seeing him score eight goals and add six assists for 14 points, with a +13 plus/minus rating and 18 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games.

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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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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

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 2015 Rookie Tournament: Game 1 – In Photos

LA Kings defenseman prospect Kurtis MacDermid (right) drops the gloves with left wing Maxwell James (left; on amateur tryout basis with the Arizona Coyotes) during Game 1 of their 2015 Rookie Tournament at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California on September 15, 2015.
Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes played a two-game Rookie Tournament on September 15-16, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, with the Coyotes, who had a lot more of their top prospects in their lineup than the Kings did, sweeping the two-game series rather handily.

Photographer David Sheehan was on hand for Game 1 to record the festivities. You can view his photo essay below.

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LA Kings Prospect Justin Auger Looking To Build Upon Outstanding First Pro Season

2015 ROOKIE CAMP: Frozen Royalty’s coverage of the Los Angeles Kings 2015 Rookie Camp continues with a look at right wing prospect Justin Auger, who exceeded expectations in an outstanding first season in professional hockey last year.


LA Kings right wing prospect Justin Auger (right), shown here shooting
the puck for the Manchester Monarchs during Game 1 of the
2015 Calder Cup Finals on June 6, 2015.
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Photo: Blake Gumprecht

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As has been said so often over the decades, professional hockey players are getting bigger, stronger and faster, seemingly every year.

Case in point:right wing prospect Justin Auger, who was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft.

At 6-7, 227 pounds, one might expect the 21-year-old native of Kitchener, Ontario to be a basketball player. Instead, he’s pushing towards a career in the NHL, and his play last season, his first in professional hockey, earned him some rather high praise from his head coach.

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Ontario Reign Coach Mike Stothers Can Barely Contain His Excitement About LA Kings Prospect Adrian Kempe

2015 ROOKIE CAMP: Frozen Royalty’s coverage of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2015 Rookie Camp continues with a story on how Ontario Reign head coach Mike Stothers sure seems to be gushing with excitement about Los Angeles Kings 2014 first round pick/forward prospect Adrian Kempe.


LA Kings left wing prospect Adrian Kempe (right), shown here during
the team’s 2015 Rookie Camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After playing for Modo in the Swedish Elite League last season, left wing prospect Adrian Kempe, who was the Los Angeles Kings’ first round selection (29th overall) in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, wasted little time in making the trip across the Atlantic Ocean to join the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League for their playoff run.

The 6-2, 187-pound native of Kramfors, Sweden, who turns 19 years old tomorrow, played in the Monarchs’ final three regular season games, but like so many young players moving up a level, not to mention making the transition from the European style of play to how the game is played in North America, Kempe struggled a bit in those games.

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