LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Makes Two Big Moves On Deadline Day

Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi
spoke to the media about the Penner trade at Staples Center
in Los Angeles on February 28, 2011.
Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images and the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — Nearly forty hours have elapsed, at the time of this writing, since the National Hockey League’s 2011 trade deadline at noon Pacific time on February 28. Now that the ice chips have settled, it is a good time to take a close, calm look at the trade that brought left wing Dustin Penner to the Los Angeles Kings.

Indeed, on that day, the Kings sent defenseman prospect Colten Teubert to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange, along with a first round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and a conditional third round pick in the 2012 draft.

That third round pick in 2012 will become a second round selection should the Kings win the Stanley Cup this season. Read more of this post

Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: Defenseman Prospect Alec Martinez Is Making An Immediate Impact With LA Kings

LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (second from left) participates in a drill during practice on December 7, 2010 at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, Cailfornia.
Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES — Back in the spring of 2008, defenseman prospect Alec Martinez had just finished his third year at Miami University (Ohio) and had put his John Hancock on a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Several months later, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi predicted that his fourth round (95th overall) pick in the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft had a solid chance to win a job with the Kings. Read more of this post

Time For LA Kings Defense Prospect Colten Teubert To Take A Big Step Forward

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Earlier this summer, during the Los Angeles Kings’ annual Development Camp for their young prospects, while the players were out on the ice, trying to make a solid impression on the coaches and scouts, a couple of players were standing on the sidelines due to injury.

For defenseman prospect Colten Teubert, missing out on this opportunity to wow the Kings’ coaches, scouts and front office could easily turn out to be a big step backwards.

This past season, Teubert, 20, put up the best numbers of his career in the Western Hockey League, scoring twelve goals and adding 25 assists for 37 points while racking up 136 penalty minutes in sixty games with the Regina Pats. But there have been rumblings from the Kings that he has not progressed as much as they had hoped since they selected him in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Read more of this post

LA Kings Prospects Mullen and Teubert Assigned to Ontario Reign

MANCHESTER, NH AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — On March 16, the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate) assigned defenseman Patrick Mullen to the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ and Monarchs’ ECHL affiliate. The Kings also assigned defenseman Colten Teubert to the Reign on March 17.

Mullen, 23, has played in 36 games with the Monarchs this season, scoring three goals and adding five assists for eight points with fourteen penalty minutes.

The 6-0, 181-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania scored four goals and added 21 assists for 25 points with 39 penalty minutes in 38 games for the Denver University Pioneers last season.

In four seasons with the Pioneers, the 5-11, 185-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania scored twenty goals and contributed 61 assists for 81 points with 148 penalty minutes in 152 games, splitting time between forward and defenseman. 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

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