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Los Angeles Kings Add Six Prospects During 2012 NHL Entry Draft

DRAFT COVERAGE: Even though they had the last pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings added six prospects to the fold this weekend. Also: news on veteran player signings, and an upcoming change to the coaching staff.


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LOS ANGELES — Despite having the last pick in the first round of the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings were busier than expected this past weekend.

After winning the 2012 Stanley Cup, the Kings earned the “privilege” of selecting last in first round of the draft. In spite of that disadvantage, they managed to add six prospects to their system, and they reached agreements in principle with two of their veteran forwards who would become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Center Jarret Stoll will sign a three-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $3.25 million per season, while center Colin Fraser will sign a two-year deal that will pay him $825,000 per season. Read more of this post

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Showing Signs Of Progress: LA Kings Blue Line Prospects Nicolas Deslauriers, Derek Forbort, And Kevin Gravel

EL SEGUNDO, CA — All it takes is a quick glance at the roster to see that the Los Angeles Kings are set with their top six defensemen, with Drew Doughty, assuming the Kings can get him to sign a contract soon, leading their blue line corps.

Defenseman prospect Derek Forbort spoke to the media during the Los Angeles Kings 2011 Development Camp at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California, July 11-12, 2011.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

The Kings are also developing several young prospects for their blue line, including Jake Muzzin, Thomas Hickey, Viatcheslav Voynov, Andrew Campbell, David Kolomatis, and Patrick Mullen—all played for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, last season.

But if you think the pipeline ends there, sorry, guess again.

Indeed, even more prospects are working their way up the ladder, trying to achieve the dream of someday playing in the National Hockey League, and three of them, Kevin Gravel, Derek Forbort and Nicolas Deslauriers, participated in the Kings 2011 Development Camp in mid-July at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the Kings’ practice facility. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: 2011 Los Angeles Kings Development Camp – Part 1

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings 2011 Development Camp for their young prospects was already well underway by the time their first on-ice session that was open to the public and the media on July 11 came around. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty To Provide In-Depth Coverage From Los Angeles Kings 2011 Development Camp

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Stanley Cup Finals are over, the July 1 unrestricted free agent frenzy is a fading memory, and Independence Day in the United States has come and gone. By now, hockey addicts are usually in desperate need of a fix, and reruns of National Hockey League playoff games from last season on the NHL Network just won’t cut it.

To download the Los Angeles Kings 2011 Development Camp Roster, click on the image above (requires Adobe Reader
software to view/print).

So what do you do?

If you are in the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles Kings will host their annual Development Camp for their young prospects, with on-ice sessions taking place on July 11-12, 2011, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, their practice facility.

Here is the schedule for July 11 and 12:

Monday, July 11:

Group A – Practice, 8:00-9:15 AM
Game – 9:30-10:30 AM
Group B – Practice, 10:45-Noon

Tuesday, July 12:

Group B – Practice, 8:00-9:15 AM
Game – 9:30-10:30 AM
Group A – Practice, 10:45-Noon Read more of this post

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