LA Kings Prospect Brandon Kozun Wins WHL Scoring Title

CALGARY, AB — On March 14, Calgary Hitmen forward and Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Brandon Kozun locked up the Bob Clarke Trophy as the Western Hockey League’s leading scorer by contributing four assists in the Hitmen’s 8-1 blowout victory over the Red Deer Rebels in Calgary.

The 5-8, 155-pound native of Los Angeles scored 32 goals and added 75 assists for 107 points in 64 games. Runner-up Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats scored fifty goals and added 56 assists for 106 points. Read more of this post

LA Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi On Prospects Colten Teubert and Brandon Kozun

LOS ANGELES — For any National Hockey League team, drafting and development of young prospects is crucial to their long-term success. But for the majority of their 42-year history, the Los Angeles Kings generally resorted to foolishly trading away their first round draft picks and their best young players for NHL veterans—some had been star players—who were little more than washed-up has-beens.

That started to change under former general manager Dave Taylor, but the great emphasis on drafting and development has come under current Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, who has built the team’s drafting and player development infrastructure up to what is now regarded as one of the best scouting and development staffs in the league. Read more of this post

LA Kings Prospects Get Long, Hard Look At Rookie Camp

EL SEGUNDO, CA — National Hockey League training camps are still almost a week away, but NHL rookie camps are open across the league, including at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, where the Los Angeles Kings are getting a close look at their young prospects.

The Kings opened their 2009-10 Rookie Camp on Saturday, September 5, with meetings and physical testing.

The rookies began two-a-day, on-ice practice sessions on Sunday and that will continue through Tuesday, September 8.

A two-game rookie tournament against the Phoenix Coyotes is scheduled for September 9 and 10 (details here).

Since their July Development Camp, Kings head coach Terry Murray has noticed improvement overall among his young prospects.

“[Saturday] was a very good day with the on-ice/off-ice testing,” said Murray. It was very demanding and we’re seeing a real good upside to a lot of the guys.” Read more of this post

LA Kings 2009 Draft Goes As Planned

LOS ANGELES — The National Hockey League completed its 2009 Entry Draft on Saturday in Montreal and just like on Friday, there were no major surprises from the Los Angeles Kings, who selected nine players in rounds 2-7 and were involved in four minor trades.

One of those trades sent center Brian Boyle (photo at left; courtesy Los Angeles Kings) to the New York Rangers in exchange for the Rangers’ third round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

In 28 games with the Kings this past season, the 24-year-old native of Hingham, Massachusetts scored four goals and added an assist with 42 penalty minutes. But he shuttled back and forth between Los Angeles and the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, where he scored ten goals and added eleven assists for 21 points with 73 penalty minutes in 42 games.

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Kings Sign Goalie Prospect, Assign Two to Manchester

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On October 2, the Los Angeles Kings signed goaltending prospect Martin Jones to a three-year, entry-level contract. They also assigned center David Meckler and defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League Read more of this post

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