Los Angeles Kings: Change Is In The Air

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have undergone quite a bit of change in recent weeks.

First, and perhaps most notable, the Kings were hockey’s version of a roller coaster—you never knew if they were going to be world beaters or your worst hockey-related nightmare, something that has happened so often that they found themselves way, way out of playoff contention in early December and are still in last place in the National Hockey League standings.

The upside about a last place finish is that they are in the lead for the first pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft where center Steven Stamkos is being touted as the top prize.

To be sure, a sure-fire prospect like Stamkos, who pundits say is destined to be a big-time NHL player, would be a big, big help for the rebuilding Kings. But right now, all that is on the back burner. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Pre-Season Opener A Winner

ANAHEIM, CA — Don’t look now, but just four days into their 2007 training camp, the pre-season schedule has already begun for the Los Angeles Kings, and on Thursday night, they eked out a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks in front of an announced crowd of 16,973 fans at Honda Center in Anaheim. Read more of this post

Kings Development Camp 2007

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Young prospects of the Los Angeles Kings gathered at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California this week for the Kings’ annual Development Camp where the potentially future Kings received on and off-ice instruction from the Kings coaching staff and worked on their conditioning.

No one can get a valid assessment about a prospect’s potential for making it to the National Hockey League and being a success once there from a summer development camp. But by all accounts, controversial 2007 first-round draft pick defenseman Thomas Hickey was one of the standouts.

Another standout was converted defenseman Brian Boyle, who looked good in the scrimmage on Wednesday night. But clearly, he has a hard time not standing out at 6-7, 250 pounds. Read more of this post

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